George H. Smith explains Francis Bacon’s defense of certainty and his contributions to a secular worldview.
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.
Smith discusses Spooner’s contention that the Constitution carries no moral authority but that it still can be understood as antislavery.
Pyrrhonic skepticism had a tremendous influence on religious debates in post-Reformation Europe.
George H. Smith explains the political implications of the deistic repudiation of special revelation and miracles.
George H. Smith explains the controversial arguments of the deist John Toland, as defended in Christianity not Mysterious.
Smith explains why Spooner believed that defending the unconstitutionality of slavery was essential to abolitionism.
George H. Smith explains why Edward Gibbon rejected miraculous accounts in his masterpiece, The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire.
George H. Smith explains the basic tenets of deism and why it posed a political threat.
Smith explores some features of Spooner’s philosophy of law, as found in The Unconstitutionality of Slavery.
George H. Smith explains the origins of deism and its basic ideas.
Smith discusses Spooner’s defense of the right to use violence in self-defense, even against agents of a government.
George H. Smith explains some tactics that early freethinkers used in the attempt to avoid punishment for blasphemy and other religious crimes.
Smith explains how Spooner reconciled his theory of nonvoting with his view that the Constitution is antislavery, and how he treated discussions of slavery during the Constitutional Convention.
George H. Smith explores Shaftesbury’s defense of ridicule and satire in matters of religion.
George H. Smith explains how some leading Christian theologians justified the death penalty for heretics and blasphemers.
Smith summarizes the arguments of delegates as to whether the slave trade should be prohibited in the Constitution.
George H. Smith explains the similarities between medieval heresy and our modern notion of treason against the state.
Smith explains some features of the slave trade and the constitutional provision that it would not be banned in America for at least 20 years.