Smith resumes his discussion of whether beliefs per se can be immoral.
George H. Smith
George H. Smith was formerly Senior Research Fellow for the Institute for Humane Studies, a lecturer on American History for Cato Summer Seminars, and Executive Editor of Knowledge Products. Smith's fourth and most recent book, The System of Liberty, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2013.
Smith criticizes Hume’s claim that reason cannot motivate actions, and explains how moral sense philosophers dealt with the problem of differing moral standards.
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.
In the Enlightenment natural law tradition, we can discern what rights we have by reason alone.
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.