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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.

Liberty Chronicles

Ep. 97: Resisting Leviathan, with Nicholas Mosvick

featuring Anthony Comegna and Nicholas Mosvick on Mar 12, 2019

Anthony interviews Nicholas Mosvick to discuss the issue of conscription during the Civil War and its’ lasting impact.

Liberty Chronicles

Ep. 88: The Secession Conventions

featuring Anthony Comegna on Jan 8, 2019

The complicated time of secession was defined by politicians’ desire to grab power in any way that they could. 

Liberty Chronicles

Ep. 74: The Greatest of Nullifiers

featuring Anthony Comegna and Caleb O. Brown on Oct 2, 2018

How did Justice Abram Smith of Wisconsin challenge the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850?

Excursions

Immanuel Kant and the Natural Law Tradition

featuring George H. Smith on Jul 25, 2018

George Smith discusses Kant’s attempt to justify objective moral principles and his views on when the use of coercion is morally proper.

Excursions

Some Personal Reflections on Ayn Rand

featuring George H. Smith on Jul 11, 2018

George Smith discusses some good and bad influences that Ayn Rand’s ideas had on his own intellectual development.

Excursions

Ayn Rand on Aristotle

featuring George H. Smith on Jul 4, 2018

George Smith examines some of Rand’s claims about the beneficial influence of Aristotle’s ideas on the course of Western civilization.

Excursions

On the Influence of Ideas

featuring George H. Smith on Jun 27, 2018

George Smith discusses the issue of whether we should hold a philosopher responsible for the beliefs of those followers who agree with him.

Excursions

Some Reflections on the History of Philosophy

featuring George H. Smith on Jun 20, 2018

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.

Excursions

Ayn Rand and the History of Philosophy

featuring George H. Smith on May 24, 2018

George Smith discusses whether we should hold a philosopher responsible for how other philosophers use his or her ideas.