Hayek on Customs, Laws, and Ethics

by Grant Babcock on Sep 11, 2014

It’s often thought that Hayek disproved the possibility of a rationalist ethics. Babcock argues he didn’t.


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.


What’s Ethics All About, Anyway?

by Grant Babcock on Sep 5, 2014

How much should we trust our moral intuitions? Is the task of ethics to describe those intuitions, or to change them?


Why Aren’t More Women Libertarians?

by Pamela J. Hobart on Sep 2, 2014

Some of the libertarian gender gap can be attributed to sociological factors, writes Stubbart, but substantive policy disagreements must not be dismissed.


Social Laws, Part 5

by George H. Smith on Aug 29, 2014

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


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.


Social Laws, Part 3

by George H. Smith on Aug 8, 2014

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


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.


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.


G. A. Cohen and Socialist Calculation

by Grant Babcock on Jul 7, 2014

Cohen’s moral defense of socialism seriously underestimates the information problems plaguing an economy without prices.


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.