Smith explains some fundamental tenets of the moral sense school of ethics, especially as found in the writings of Francis Hutcheson.
Smith discusses axiology (the study of value) and David Hume’s celebrated argument about “is” and “ought.”
Smith discusses the source of moral obligations and the general approach of Aristotelian ethics.
Smith explains how questions like “Why should I be rational?” and “Why should I be moral?” involve a bait and switch tactic.
Smith explains the value of Neo-Thomistic books for libertarians and Randians, and what is meant by the virtue of reasonableness.
Smith explores the nature of belief, knowledge, ethics, the difference between moral and prudential decisions, and some ideas about virtue.
Should we apply moral judgments, such as “immoral,” to beliefs per se? Smith begins his discussion of this difficult problem.
Smith discusses some of Kant’s ideas about the moral, political, and practical aspects of perpetual peace.
Smith explains Kant’s notion of the “unsocial sociability” of human nature, and how these antagonistic tendencies generate human progress.
Smith explains Kant’s basic justification of government and why he opposed the rights of resistance and revolution.
Smith discusses how Kant used his theory of property rights to justify government, and how he distinguished physical possession from rightful ownership.
Smith explains how Robert Paul Wolff and Immanuel Kant used the same principle of moral autonomy to reach opposite conclusions about the legitimacy of the state.
Smith discusses some libertarian aspects of Kant’s theory of individual rights.
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.