George H. Smith explores the controversy over whether sociology qualifies as an authentic science.
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 explains how the methodological monism of modern positivism differs from classical empiricism.
George H. Smith explains methodological subjectivism and how it applies to the study of human action.
George H. Smith discusses Thomas Paine’s welfare proposals in Rights of Man and Agrarian Justice.
Bernard Mandeville’s controversial essays and allegories raised questions about justice and socially or morally virtuous actions.
Franz Oppenheimer, a German sociologist, wrote a comprehensive explanation of the history of the state as a history of conquest.
Smith discusses the major criticism of natural rights and the consent theory of government – that these doctrines will land us in anarchy.
George H. Smith concludes this series with a close look at Herbert Spencer’s views on charity and the poor.
Smith tells the story of how a disagreement with Roy Childs over the ideas of Irving Kristol resulted in a serious argument.
George H. Smith discusses some of Spencer’s concerns about the intellectual and moral obstacles to achieving a free society.
George H. Smith discusses the meaning of “natural rights” and some historical aspects of this theory.
George H. Smith presents the rudiments of a theory of children’s rights.
George H. Smith discusses various formulations of the non-aggression principle and concludes with some remarks about the problem of pollution.
Smith discusses Jefferson’s ideas about education and his plan for a decentralized system of public schools.
George H. Smith criticizes Zwolinski’s discussions of risk, fraud, and the relationship between aggression and property rights.
George H. Smith explores some theoretical aspects of a rights-based conception of freedom.
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.”
Smith explains why Mises predicted that “planned chaos” would emerge in a socialist economy and how F.A. Hayek elaborated on that insight.