Smith discusses Kant’s attempt to justify objective moral principles and his views on when the use of coercion is morally proper.
Smith explains some fundamental features of Immanuel Kant’s moral and political theory.
Smith discusses some good and bad influences that Ayn Rand’s ideas had on his own intellectual development.
Smith examines some of Rand’s claims about the beneficial influence of Aristotle’s ideas on the course of Western civilization.
Smith discusses the issue of whether we should hold a philosopher responsible for the beliefs of those followers who agree with him.
Smith explains the views of Kant and Hegel on the history of philosophy, and explores whether moral judgments should be applied to the realm of ideas.
Smith discusses whether we should hold a philosopher responsible for how other philosophers use his or her ideas.
Was Kant somehow responsible for the rise of Nazism? Smith explores two points of view on this issue.
Smith discusses the mythological thinking that dominated Nazi ideology, as explained in Cassirer’s book The Myth of the State.
Smith explores Rand’s contention that America was sliding down a slippery slope to fascism.
Smith examines and criticizes Richard Ashcraft’s arguments that Locke was significantly influenced by the Levellers.
Smith explains an important controversy about when the Two Treatises was written, and the possible influence of the Levellers on Locke.
Smith explains the significance, for Locke, of the increased productivity caused by labor, and the relationship between money and property.
Smith explains how Locke dealt with some problems in the traditional Christian theory of private property.
Smith discusses Robert Nozick’s criticisms of Locke’s property theory and the relationship between a natural-law justification of property and social conventions.
Smith explains Locke’s ideas about how we should interpret a philosophic text, and the relationship between labor and private property.
In his first essay in a new series on John Locke, Smith explains some essential features of Locke’s case for private property.
Smith discusses Locke’s view of the original commons, before the institution of private property.