George Smith discusses some good and bad influences that Ayn Rand’s ideas had on his own intellectual development.
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 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.
Smith criticizes some features of Spinoza’s political theory, especially his theory of rights.
Smith critically examines the claim that Meslier was a communist anarchist.
Smith discusses the traditional Christian theory of private property and how it was viewed as the result of original sin.
In his first essay in a new series on John Locke, Smith explains some essential features of Locke’s case for private property.
Smith explains Locke’s ideas about how we should interpret a philosophic text, and the relationship between labor and private property.
Smith explores various ways in which ideas influence human action, and why ideas are essential to the success of libertarianism.
Smith explains how the methodological monism of modern positivism differs from classical empiricism.
Smith discusses what Mandeville meant in saying that private vices produce public benefits, and how Hutcheson criticized that theory.
Smith explains the defense of rights and other abstract political principles given by James Mackintosh, one of Burke’s most effective critics.
Smith continues his series on the thought of Thomas Hodgskin by explaining his belief in natural property rights.
George H. Smith criticizes some features of Benedict Spinoza’s political theory, especially his theory of rights.
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.
Buckle was a great British historian of the 19th century who dedicated his life to completing a comprehensive history of English culture.
George H. Smith explains how some leading Christian theologians justified the death penalty for heretics and blasphemers.
George H. Smith discusses the Hobbesian theory of self-interest and why classical liberals were so intent on refuting it.