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Abolitionism: The Schism Over Voting

by George H. Smith on Jan 27, 2017

Smith discusses the split in the American Anti-Slavery Society over voting, equal rights for women, and other causes.

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Abolitionism and Self-Ownership

by George H. Smith on Jan 13, 2017

Smith discusses the crucial role played by the inalienable right of self-ownership in the abolitionist crusade to abolish slavery.

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How to Argue for Libertarianism

by George H. Smith on Nov 18, 2016

Smith discusses some common problems encountered by libertarians when they defend their political beliefs in arguments.

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Authorities and Fallibility

by George H. Smith on Nov 4, 2016

Smith discusses the crucial difference between science and philosophy, and how human fallibility has been used to defend skepticism.

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Roaring Dinosaurs and Incorrect Beliefs

by George H. Smith on Oct 28, 2016

Smith discusses the inevitability of holding some false beliefs and what can be done to minimize this problem.

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The Moral Implications of Beliefs

by George H. Smith on Oct 14, 2016

Smith discusses the claim that some beliefs are immoral and the role of credibility in choosing our beliefs.

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Belief and Doubt

by George H. Smith on Oct 7, 2016

Smith discusses various meanings of “belief” and “doubt.”

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Back to the Ethics of Belief

by George H. Smith on Sep 16, 2016

Smith resumes his discussion of whether beliefs per se can be immoral.

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Reason and Ethics

by George H. Smith on Aug 26, 2016

Smith criticizes Hume’s claim that reason cannot motivate actions, and explains how moral sense philosophers dealt with the problem of differing moral standards.

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Do We Have a Moral Sense?

by George H. Smith on Aug 15, 2016

Smith explains some fundamental tenets of the moral sense school of ethics, especially as found in the writings of Francis Hutcheson.

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Values and Facts

by George H. Smith on Aug 5, 2016

Smith discusses axiology (the study of value) and David Hume’s celebrated argument about “is” and “ought.”