George H. Smith discusses Spencer’s theory of social progress, while calling attention to some of its theoretical problems.
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.
Pyrrhonic skepticism had a tremendous influence on religious debates in post-Reformation Europe.
George H. Smith discusses some of Spencer’s concerns about the intellectual and moral obstacles to achieving a free society.
George H. Smith discusses how Herbert Spencer’s analyses of nineteenth-century Germany and France contributed to his pessimistic outlook on the future of freedom.
Smith explains Bacon’s defense of certainty and his contributions to a secular worldview.
Herbert Spencer feared granting suffrage to women – at least during his time – would diminish “real” liberty. Was this a justifiable concern?
Smith discusses Spinoza’s controversial ideas about God, religion, and his criticism of the Design Argument.
George H. Smith analyzes two kinds of freedom, pragmatic and moral, and gives examples of how this distinction has been used in the history of libertarian thought.
Smith explains why Spinoza’s Theologico-Political Treatise became one of the most scandalous books ever published.
George H. Smith begins his series on Roy A. Childs, Jr., with the impact Childs’s anarchism had on his own thinking.
George H. Smith discusses the influence of Robert LeFevre on the developing anarchism of Roy A. Childs, Jr.
George H. Smith tackles several misconceptions about the theory of anarchism—and contrasts it with the condition of anarchy.
George H. Smith turns to what may be Roy Childs’s most recognized role in the libertarian movement: book reviewer.
George H. Smith concludes the series with a look at Roy Childs’s evolving views on anarchism.
George H. Smith begins his series on Ayn Rand’s critique of altruism with a discussion of the ideas of Auguste Comte, the man who coined the word “altruism.”
George H. Smith discusses one of Rand’s major objections to both altruism and the traditional concept of egoism.
Smith continues his discussion of Spinoza by explaining how he defended freedom of religion and speech.
Smith explains the fundamentals of Spinoza’s theory of rights and government.