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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

Revolution in Utica and Buffalo

featuring Anthony Comegna on Jul 17, 2018

The Polk years began in a sort of uneasy truce between radicals and conservatives. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Immanuel Kant and Nazism

featuring George H. Smith on Jun 6, 2018

Was Kant somehow responsible for the rise of Nazism? Smith explores two points of view on this issue.

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Ayn Rand on Fascism

featuring George H. Smith on May 23, 2018

George H. Smith explores Rand’s contention that America was sliding down a slippery slope to fascism.

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John Locke: A Leveller Connection?

featuring George H. Smith on May 16, 2018

Smith examines and criticizes Richard Ashcraft’s arguments that Locke was significantly influenced by the Levellers.

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John Locke: In Search of the Radical Locke

featuring George H. Smith on May 9, 2018

George H. Smith explains an important controversy about when the Two Treatises was written and the influence of the Levellers on Locke.

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John Locke: Money and Private Property

featuring George H. Smith on May 2, 2018

George H. Smith explains the significance, for Locke, of the increased productivity caused by labor, and the relationship between money and property.

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John Locke: Hermeneutics and Labor

featuring George H. Smith on Apr 11, 2018

George H. Smith explains Locke’s ideas on how we should interpret a philosophic text, and the relationship between labor and private property.