George H. Smith explains the political implications of the deistic repudiation of special revelation and miracles.
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.
George H. Smith explains the origins of deism and its basic ideas.
George H. Smith explains the similarities between medieval heresy and our modern notion of treason against the state.
Augustine argued that religious persecution was justified when done in the interest of the salvation of those persecuted.
George H. Smith continues his discussion of Joseph Butler’s theory of moral psychology, and summarizes his ideas about conscience and rational self-interest.
George H. Smith discusses Joseph Butler’s influential theory of psychology and his ideas about self-interest and benevolence.
George H. Smith discusses various objections to the claim that all actions are necessarily self-interested.
George H. Smith explains David Hume’s theory of the social evolution of our ideas about justice.
George H. Smith begins his discussion of David Hume’s moral and social philosophy.
George H. Smith discusses Thomas Paine’s theory of rights.
A far-ranging discussion of the meanings of key terms in libertarianism, ideology, and the crucial elements needed for an understanding of individual freedom.
George H. Smith begins his discussion of the need for an interdisciplinary approach to liberty by noting some hazards of academic specialization.
George H. Smith examines the problem of whether the human sciences can be value-free, and if so in what sense.
George H. Smith discusses the distinction between freedom and coercion, and explains some of its implications for the human sciences.
George H. Smith presents an overview of the philosophy of the human sciences.
Defending freedom requires an interdisciplinary approach, so George H. Smith turns to the “human sciences”—and also to a definition of science itself.
George H. Smith explores Humboldt’s defense of individuality, written in 1792.
George H. Smith explains what Adam Smith meant by the “invisible hand” and how he used this explanatory method throughout his writings.