George H. Smith explains Herbert Spencer’s views of the scientific status of sociology, the nature of social laws, and the practical value of social science.
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 explores the controversy over whether sociology qualifies as an authentic science.
George H. Smith explains how the methodological monism of modern positivism differs from classical empiricism.
George H. Smith explains methodological subjectivism and how it applies to the study of human action.
George H. Smith discusses Thomas Paine’s welfare proposals in Rights of Man and Agrarian Justice.
George Smith discusses some good and bad influences that Ayn Rand’s ideas had on his own intellectual development.
George Smith explains some fundamental features of Immanuel Kant’s moral and political theory.
George Smith discusses Kant’s attempt to justify objective moral principles and his views on when the use of coercion is morally proper.
George Smith examines some of Rand’s claims about the beneficial influence of Aristotle’s ideas on the course of Western civilization.
George Smith discusses the issue of whether we should hold a philosopher responsible for the beliefs of those followers who agree with him.
George Smith explains the views of Kant and Hegel on the history of philosophy, and explores whether moral judgments should be applied to the realm of ideas.
Was Kant somehow responsible for the rise of Nazism? Smith explores two points of view on this issue.
George Smith discusses whether we should hold a philosopher responsible for how other philosophers use his or her ideas.
Smith examines and criticizes Richard Ashcraft’s arguments that Locke was significantly influenced by the Levellers.
In his first essay in a new series on John Locke, Smith explains some essential features of Locke’s case for private property.
George Smith discusses Locke’s view of the original commons, before the institution of private property.
George Smith continues his discussion of how the theory of private property changed over the centuries.
Smith contrasts the modern secular approach to private property with the traditional Christian theory.