Smith discusses how Kant used his theory of property rights to justify government, and how he distinguished physical possession from rightful ownership.
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 Kant’s basic justification of government and why he opposed the rights of resistance and revolution.
Smith explains Kant’s notion of the “unsocial sociability” of human nature, and how these antagonistic tendencies generate human progress.
Smith discusses some of Kant’s ideas about the moral, political, and practical aspects of perpetual peace.
Should we apply moral judgments, such as “immoral,” to beliefs per se? Smith begins his discussion of this difficult problem.
Smith explores the nature of belief, knowledge, ethics, the difference between moral and prudential decisions, and some ideas about virtue.
Smith explains the value of Neo-Thomistic books for libertarians and Randians, and what is meant by the virtue of reasonableness.
Smith explains how questions like “Why should I be rational?” and “Why should I be moral?” involve a bait and switch tactic.
Smith discusses the source of moral obligations and the general approach of Aristotelian ethics.
Smith discusses axiology (the study of value) and David Hume’s celebrated argument about “is” and “ought.”
Smith explains some fundamental tenets of the moral sense school of ethics, especially as found in the writings of Francis Hutcheson.
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 resumes his discussion of whether beliefs per se can be immoral.
Smith criticizes the argument of W.K. Clifford that we have a duty to mankind to base our beliefs on the best available evidence.
Smith discusses various meanings of “belief” and “doubt.”
Smith discusses the claim that some beliefs are immoral and the role of credibility in choosing our beliefs.
Smith discusses the inevitability of holding some false beliefs and what can be done to minimize this problem.
Smith discusses the crucial difference between science and philosophy, and how human fallibility has been used to defend skepticism.