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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.

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State and Society, Part 1

featuring George H. Smith on Aug 3, 2016

George H. Smith discusses some preliminary issues involved in the classic libertarian distinction between the spheres of “state” and “society.”

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Freedom, Rights, and Political Philosophy, Part 3

featuring George H. Smith on Oct 7, 2015

Smith discusses the distinction between political obligation and political allegiance, and how the problem of allegiance was the major concern of John Locke.

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Freethought and Freedom: Spinoza on the Bible

featuring George H. Smith on Dec 27, 2017

George H. Smith explains why Benedict Spinoza’s Theologico-Political Treatise became one of the most scandalous books ever published.

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Freethought and Freedom: Skepticism

featuring George H. Smith on Dec 6, 2017

Pyrrhonic skepticism had a tremendous influence on religious debates in post-Reformation Europe.