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June 2000

Jan Narveson on Theories of Rights and Moral Contracts

Jan Narveson is a professor of philosophy emeritus at the University of Waterloo in Ontario and the author of several books including The Libertarian Idea (1988). Here he speaks at the International Society of Individual Liberty’s World Libertarian Conference in 2000 about positive and negative rights and a contractarian justification for the morality of liberty.

For an ongoing critique of Narveson’s theories in The Libertarian Idea, check out Miles Pope and Julian Sanchez’s series of posts on the Free Thoughts blog.