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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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Freethought and Freedom: Skepticism

by George H. Smith on May 1, 2015

Pyrrhonic skepticism had a tremendous influence on religious debates in post-Reformation Europe.

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Jack and Jill and Two Kinds of Freedom

featuring George H. Smith on May 27, 2015

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.

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Ayn Rand and Altruism, Part 1

featuring George H. Smith on Jul 8, 2015

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.”

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Ayn Rand and Altruism, Part 2

featuring George H. Smith on Jul 15, 2015

George H. Smith discusses one of Rand’s major objections to both altruism and the traditional concept of egoism.