Smith explains some fundamental tenets of the moral sense school of ethics, especially as found in the writings of Francis Hutcheson.
The greatest evils are typically perpetrated by ideologues committed to false conceptions of the good.
Abolitionist Lydia Maria Child was an author, editor, journalist, and scholar.
Smith discusses axiology (the study of value) and David Hume’s celebrated argument about “is” and “ought.”
A Review of Bourgeois Equality: How Ideas, Not Capital or Institutions, Enriched the World by Deirdre McCloskey
D’Amato reviews the third book in McCloskey’s Bourgeois Era trilogy.
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.
McElroy’s book ignores important sources that would undermine her views.
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.
In considering constitutional questions, libertarians shouldn’t let the text come before justice and liberty.
Living well requires autonomy and reality-orientation.
Smith discusses some of Kant’s ideas about the moral, political, and practical aspects of perpetual peace.
What we know of Socrates comes second-hand. How much is true?
Smith explains Kant’s notion of the “unsocial sociability” of human nature, and how these antagonistic tendencies generate human progress.
Should we just do whatever we can get away with, justice be damned?
In the Enlightenment natural law tradition, we can discern what rights we have by reason alone.