Smith discusses the claim that some beliefs are immoral and the role of credibility in choosing our beliefs.
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 explores F. A. Hayek’s views on intellectuals, whom Hayek called professional secondhand dealers in ideas.
Smith discusses various meanings of “belief” and “doubt.”
A far-ranging discussion of the meanings of key terms in libertarianism, ideology, and the crucial elements needed for an understanding of individual freedom.
Smith criticizes the argument of W.K. Clifford that we have a duty to mankind to base our beliefs on the best available evidence.
George H. Smith begins his discussion of the need for an interdisciplinary approach to liberty by noting some hazards of academic specialization.
George H. Smith explains Rocker’s theory of why the ideas of classical liberalism were swamped by the rising tide of statism.
Smith resumes his discussion of whether beliefs per se can be immoral.
In Nationalism and Culture, a classic history of libertarian ideas, Rudolf Rocker uses the struggle of freedom against power as his theoretical framework.
George H. Smith explains how the insatiable desire for power and its corrupting influence have been dominant themes in libertarian theory and history.
George H. Smith examines the problem of whether the human sciences can be value-free, and if so in what sense.
Smith criticizes Hume’s claim that reason cannot motivate actions, and explains how moral sense philosophers dealt with the problem of differing moral standards.
George H. Smith explores various ways in which ideas influence human action, and why ideas are essential to the success of libertarianism.
George H. Smith, drawing from Machiavelli’s The Prince, discusses two essential ingredients of successful states.
Smith explains some fundamental tenets of the moral sense school of ethics, especially as found in the writings of Francis Hutcheson.
George H. Smith explains the meaning of “society” and “institution,” and he discusses the distinction between designed and undesigned institutions.
Smith discusses axiology (the study of value) and David Hume’s celebrated argument about “is” and “ought.”
George H. Smith discusses some preliminary issues involved in the classic libertarian distinction between the spheres of “state” and “society.”