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Social Laws, Part 10

by George H. Smith on Oct 10, 2014

Smith explores Emile Durkheim’s major objections to Herbert Spencer’s theory of a free society based on voluntary contracts.

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Social Laws, Part 9

by George H. Smith on Sep 26, 2014

Smith explores some features of social holism, as explained and defended by Emile Durkheim.

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Social Laws, Part 8

by George H. Smith on Sep 19, 2014

Smith explores the historical and theoretical roots of methodological individualism and subjectivism.

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Social Laws, Part 7

by George H. Smith on Sep 12, 2014

Smith discusses some controversial features of praxeology, as defended by Ludwig von Mises. 

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Social Laws, Part 6

by George H. Smith on Sep 5, 2014

Smith explains methodological individualism and its implications for the existence of institutions and other social phenomena.

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Social Laws, Part 5

by George H. Smith on Aug 29, 2014

Smith discusses the value of sociology and some misconceptions of methodological individualism.

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Social Laws, Part 4

by George H. Smith on Aug 22, 2014

Smith explains Herbert Spencer’s views of the scientific status of sociology, the nature of social laws, and the practical value of social science.

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Social Laws, Part 3

by George H. Smith on Aug 8, 2014

Smith explores the controversy over whether sociology qualifies as an authentic science.

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Social Laws, Part 2

by George H. Smith on Aug 1, 2014

Smith explains how the methodological monism of modern positivism differs from classical empiricism.

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Social Laws, Part 1

by George H. Smith on Jul 25, 2014

Smith explains methodological subjectivism and how it applies to the study of human action.

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Independence Day: What is There to Celebrate?

by George H. Smith on Jul 3, 2014

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.

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Thomas Paine Versus Edmund Burke, Part 9

by George H. Smith on Jun 20, 2014

Smith explains some of Paine’s ideas about the nature of a republic and the benefits of a representative form of government.

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Thomas Paine Versus Edmund Burke, Part 6

by George H. Smith on May 30, 2014

How the libertarian ideas of Richard Price motivated Burke to write Reflections on the Revolution in France, and how Paine dealt with the controversy.