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.
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.