Smith discusses the influence of puritanism, the religious revival in the early 19th century, and Spooner’s disagreements with Christian ethics.
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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George H. Smith explains David Hume’s theory of the social evolution of our ideas about justice.
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Smith explains some reasons why the temperance movement switched from advocating voluntary methods to calling for coercive prohibitory laws during the 1830s.
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Freedom of worship is an individual right and natural right that many people and groups have fought for throughout history.
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George H. Smith begins his discussion of David Hume’s moral and social philosophy.
The larger society does not think, it does not reason, it does not decide anything.
Smith continues his discussion of Lysander Spooner’s objections to confusing vices with crimes.
George H. Smith explores two concepts of political philosophy and their respective ideas about justice and a good society.