Mary Wollstonecraft was a true liberal who championed the rights of all but the domination of none - what we cherish today as equality.
Auberon’s experience with war, politics, and his introduction to Herbert Spencer showed him there was an alternative to the state.
Born into poverty in 1609, John Cooke a Puritan lawyer is the first person in history to prosecute a head of state for crimes against humanity.
The 19th-century reformer and self-taught classicist George Grote was responsible for the rehabilitation of democracy as a viable and virtuous form of government.
In Marsilius’s mind, the main disturber of the peace of his day was the papacy.
François Poullain de la Barre was a philosopher who was completely ahead of any of his contemporaries on the topic of gender equality.
Beccaria believed that the state had little, if any, moral legitimacy pursuing capital punishment.
John Trenchard and Thomas Gordon wrote Cato’s Letters in 1720. The essays quickly became the most popular reading of their day for their fiery criticism of the British government and radical political philosophy.
In this episode, we explore the life of the medieval writer Christine De Pizan, who in her famous book the City of Ladies debunked a long-standing tradition of misogyny.