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.
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.