Smith discusses the crucial difference between science and philosophy, and how human fallibility has been used to defend skepticism.
A compilation of links to all the content associated with Equality Month 2016.
Smith discusses the inevitability of holding some false beliefs and what can be done to minimize this problem.
In societies without large disparities in sociopolitical power, the egalitarian balance is often maintained through purposive action.
Worrying about labels is unproductive so long as those labels facilitate clear thinking.
Some argue occupational licensing fixes an information inequality between producers and consumers. It actually unfairly privileges incumbent firms.
Smith discusses the claim that some beliefs are immoral and the role of credibility in choosing our beliefs.
The classical liberals saw themselves as egalitarians, attacking the undeserved privileges of the politically connected.
Smith discusses various meanings of “belief” and “doubt.”
Smith criticizes the argument of W.K. Clifford that we have a duty to mankind to base our beliefs on the best available evidence.
Presley explains how authoritarian relationships on the person-to-person level affect a free society.
Where does Adam Smith fit into the history of economic and political thought? D’Amato surveys the disputed ideological territory.
D’Amato argues that Adam Smith’s role as a critic of incumbent mercantilist interests has been wrongly obscured by those who see him as aligned with the right.
Smith resumes his discussion of whether beliefs per se can be immoral.
Crider argues that income inequality is “largely morally irrelevant,” so a better conception of social justice addresses oppression and equality of human dignity.
“Remember that Life’s River swiftly hies…and thou hast much to do: |…he must trust in God and strike, | Who conquers in the fight.”
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.