Pyrrhonic skepticism had a tremendous influence on religious debates in post-Reformation Europe.
George H. Smith
George H. Smith was formerly Senior Research Fellow for the Institute for Humane Studies, a lecturer on American History for Cato Summer Seminars, and Executive Editor of Knowledge Products. Smith's fourth and most recent book, The System of Liberty, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2013.
Smith explains Bacon’s defense of certainty and his contributions to a secular worldview.
Smith discusses Spinoza’s controversial ideas about God, religion, and his criticism of the Design Argument.
Smith explains why Spinoza’s Theologico-Political Treatise became one of the most scandalous books ever published.
Smith continues his discussion of Spinoza by explaining how he defended freedom of religion and speech.
Smith explains the fundamentals of Spinoza’s theory of rights and government.
Smith criticizes some features of Spinoza’s political theory, especially his theory of rights.
Smith explains some of the libertarian ideas of Jean Meslier, the notorious atheist-priest.
Smith explains the role of the Catholic Church in the French government, and how Meslier reconciled his atheism with his role as a priest.
Smith explains Meslier’s three major objections to Christian morality, as taught by Jesus.
Smith critically examines the claim that Meslier was a communist anarchist.
Was Meslier a communist? Smith explores this tricky issue.
Smith discusses the traditional Christian theory of private property and how it was viewed as the result of original sin.
Does the modern libertarian movement have any significant similarities to the early Christian movement? Smith explores this intriguing possibility.
Smith contrasts the modern secular approach to private property with the traditional Christian theory.
Smith continues his discussion of how the theory of private property changed over the centuries.
Smith discusses Locke’s view of the original commons, before the institution of private property.
In his first essay in a new series on John Locke, Smith explains some essential features of Locke’s case for private property.