Smith explains Herbert Spencer’s views of the scientific status of sociology, the nature of social laws, and the practical value of social science.
Smith explores the controversy over whether sociology qualifies as an authentic science.
Smith explains how the methodological monism of modern positivism differs from classical empiricism.
Smith explains methodological subjectivism and how it applies to the study of human action.
Smith discusses Paine’s welfare proposals in Rights of Man and Agrarian Justice.
Smith explains Paine’s views on paper money, price controls, self-interest, and exploitative governments.
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.
Smith explains some of Paine’s ideas about the nature of a republic and the benefits of a representative form of government.
Smith explains Paine’s constitutional theory and why he believed that Britain had no constitution.
How the libertarian ideas of Richard Price motivated Burke to write Reflections on the Revolution in France, and how Paine dealt with the controversy.
Smith continues his discussion of Thomas Paine’s theory of rights and government.
Smith discusses Thomas Paine’s theory of rights.
Smith discusses Thomas Erskine’s ideas on libel laws and freedom of the press, and how he incorporated those ideas during his defense of Thomas Paine.
In 1792, Thomas Paine was tried for seditious libel. In this essay, George H. Smith discusses the prosecution’s case.
Smith discusses some background of the debate between Paine and Burke, and the furor created by Paine’s Rights of Man.
Smith concludes this series with more observations about James Mackintosh’s defense of natural rights.
Smith explains why Edmund Burke opposed abstract rights and why James Mackintosh defended them.
Smith explains the defense of rights and other abstract political principles given by James Mackintosh, one of Burke’s most effective critics.