George H. Smith explains David Hume’s theory of the social evolution of our ideas about justice.
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 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.
George H. Smith discusses some of Lord Acton’s ideas about freedom and their relevance to the modern libertarian movement.
George H. Smith discusses Spencer’s opposition to the Boer War—a cause that dominated the last several years of his life.
George H. Smith concludes the series with a look at Roy Childs’s evolving views on anarchism.
George H. Smith turns to what may be Roy Childs’s most recognized role in the libertarian movement: book reviewer.
George H. Smith tackles several misconceptions about the theory of anarchism—and contrasts it with the condition of anarchy.
George H. Smith discusses Thomas Hodgskin’s most controversial work, Labour Defended Against the Claims of Capital.
Smith begins his series on Thomas Hodgskin, one of the most remarkable, if little known and unjustly neglected, libertarian thinkers of the nineteenth century.