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Adam Smith, Class Warrior: The Left-Right Spectrum

by David S. D’Amato on Sep 20, 2016

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.

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Back to the Ethics of Belief

by George H. Smith on Sep 16, 2016

Smith resumes his discussion of whether beliefs per se can be immoral.

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Libertarian Social Justice

by Paul Crider on Sep 13, 2016

Crider argues that income inequality is “largely morally irrelevant,” so a better conception of social justice addresses oppression and equality of human dignity.

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Reason and Ethics

by George H. Smith on Aug 26, 2016

Smith criticizes Hume’s claim that reason cannot motivate actions, and explains how moral sense philosophers dealt with the problem of differing moral standards.

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Do We Have a Moral Sense?

by George H. Smith on Aug 15, 2016

Smith explains some fundamental tenets of the moral sense school of ethics, especially as found in the writings of Francis Hutcheson.

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Values and Facts

by George H. Smith on Aug 5, 2016

Smith discusses axiology (the study of value) and David Hume’s celebrated argument about “is” and “ought.”

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Why Should I Be Moral?

by George H. Smith on Jul 15, 2016

Smith explains how questions like “Why should I be rational?” and “Why should I be moral?” involve a bait and switch tactic.

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Neo-Thomism and the Virtue of Reasonableness

by George H. Smith on Jul 8, 2016

Smith explains the value of Neo-Thomistic books for libertarians and Randians, and what is meant by the virtue of reasonableness.  

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Some Basic Problems in Ethics

by George H. Smith on Jul 1, 2016

Smith explores the nature of belief, knowledge, ethics, the difference between moral and prudential decisions, and some ideas about virtue.

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Belief and Moral Judgment

by George H. Smith on Jun 24, 2016

Should we apply moral judgments, such as “immoral,” to beliefs per se? Smith begins his discussion of this difficult problem.