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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.

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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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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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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.

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Aquinas, Thomas (c. 1225-1274)

by George H. Smith on Aug 15, 2008

Thomas Aquinas was a philosopher who greatly influenced Catholic thought and promoted law not as a way to regulate morality, but to allow human choice.

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Buckle, Henry Thomas (1821-1862)

by George H. Smith on Aug 15, 2008

Buckle was a great British historian of the 19th century who dedicated his life to completing a comprehensive history of English culture.

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Social Laws, Part 10

featuring George H. Smith on May 3, 2017

George H. Smith explores Emile Durkheim’s major objections to Herbert Spencer’s theory of a free society based on voluntary contracts.

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Social Laws, Part 9

featuring George H. Smith on Apr 26, 2017

George H. Smith explores some features of social holism, as explained and defended by Emile Durkheim.

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Social Laws, Part 8

featuring George H. Smith on Apr 19, 2017

George H. Smith explores the historical and theoretical roots of methodological individualism and subjectivism.

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Social Laws, Part 7

featuring George H. Smith on Apr 12, 2017

George H. Smith discusses some controversial features of praxeology, as defended by Ludwig von Mises. 

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Social Laws, Part 6

featuring George H. Smith on Apr 5, 2017

George H. Smith explains methodological individualism and its implications for the existence of institutions and other social phenomena.

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Social Laws, Part 5

featuring George H. Smith on Mar 29, 2017

George H. Smith discusses the value of sociology and some misconceptions of methodological individualism.

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Social Laws, Part 4

featuring George H. Smith on Mar 22, 2017

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.