Smith begins his exploration of self-interest and social order by explaining Shaftesbury’s theory of social psychology.
Smith explores Emile Durkheim’s major objections to Herbert Spencer’s theory of a free society based on voluntary contracts.
Smith explores some features of social holism, as explained and defended by Emile Durkheim.
Smith explores the historical and theoretical roots of methodological individualism and subjectivism.
Smith discusses some controversial features of praxeology, as defended by Ludwig von Mises.
Smith explains methodological individualism and its implications for the existence of institutions and other social phenomena.
Smith discusses the value of sociology and some misconceptions of methodological individualism.
Smith explains Herbert Spencer’s views of the scientific status of sociology, the nature of social laws, and the practical value of social science.
Smith explores the controversy over whether sociology qualifies as an authentic science.
Smith explains how the methodological monism of modern positivism differs from classical empiricism.
Smith explains methodological subjectivism and how it applies to the study of human action.
Smith discusses Paine’s welfare proposals in Rights of Man and Agrarian Justice.
Smith explains Paine’s views on paper money, price controls, self-interest, and exploitative governments.
The ideal of individual freedom is more than a will-o’-the-wisp. It was widely appreciated in the past and so may become widely appreciated in the future.
Smith explains some of Paine’s ideas about the nature of a republic and the benefits of a representative form of government.
Smith explains Paine’s constitutional theory and why he believed that Britain had no constitution.
How the libertarian ideas of Richard Price motivated Burke to write Reflections on the Revolution in France, and how Paine dealt with the controversy.
Smith continues his discussion of Thomas Paine’s theory of rights and government.