George Smith discusses Kant’s attempt to justify objective moral principles and his views on when the use of coercion is morally proper.
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 criticizes some features of Benedict Spinoza’s political theory, especially his theory of rights.
Thomas Aquinas was a philosopher who greatly influenced Catholic thought and promoted law not as a way to regulate morality, but to allow human choice.
Buckle was a great British historian of the 19th century who dedicated his life to completing a comprehensive history of English culture.
George H. Smith explains how some leading Christian theologians justified the death penalty for heretics and blasphemers.
George H. Smith discusses the Hobbesian theory of self-interest and why classical liberals were so intent on refuting it.
George H. Smith begins his exploration of self-interest and social order by explaining Lord Shaftesbury’s theory of social psychology.
George H. Smith explores Emile Durkheim’s major objections to Herbert Spencer’s theory of a free society based on voluntary contracts.
George H. Smith explores some features of social holism, as explained and defended by Emile Durkheim.
George H. Smith explores the historical and theoretical roots of methodological individualism and subjectivism.
George H. Smith discusses some controversial features of praxeology, as defended by Ludwig von Mises.
George H. Smith explains methodological individualism and its implications for the existence of institutions and other social phenomena.
George H. Smith discusses the value of sociology and some misconceptions of methodological individualism.
George H. Smith explains Herbert Spencer’s views of the scientific status of sociology, the nature of social laws, and the practical value of social science.
George H. Smith explores the controversy over whether sociology qualifies as an authentic science.
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.