Smith discusses Butler’s influential theory of psychology and his ideas about self-interest and benevolence.
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 explores some more Voluntaryist arguments against state education.
George H. Smith explores the Voluntaryist critique of those who support free trade in religion and commerce but advocate state interference in education.
Smith continues his discussion of Butler’s theory of moral psychology, and summarizes his ideas about conscience and rational self-interest.
George H. Smith discusses Jefferson’s ideas about education and his plan for a decentralized system of public schools.
George H. Smith interrupts his series on education with a discussion of social Darwinism.
Smith explains why Mandeville’s ideas about vice made him one of the most notorious writers of his time.
Smith continues his discussion of Herbert Spencer and William Graham Sumner, explaining how they explicitly repudiated the ideas associated with social Darwinism.
Smith discusses Mandeville’s defense of legal prostitution and other vices.
George H. Smith concludes this series with a close look at Herbert Spencer’s views on charity and the poor.
Smith discusses what Mandeville meant in saying that private vices produce public benefits, and how Hutcheson criticized that theory.
Smith explores Thomas Jefferson’s belief in the value of history, and his plan for public universities.
Smith begins his series on the historical relationship between religious skepticism and libertarianism.
George H. Smith begins his series on neoconservatism by exploring some of its fundamental differences with libertarianism.
Smith discusses the common argument that atheists cannot be moral and so should not be legally tolerated.
George H. Smith tells the story of how a disagreement with Roy Childs over the ideas of Irving Kristol resulted in a serious argument.
Augustine argued that religious persecution was justified when done in the interest of the salvation of those persecuted.
George H. Smith explores the ideas of Irving Kristol and Robert Bork on culture. He begins with a discussion of the anti-jazz crusade of the 1920s.