Douglas Rasmussen is a professor of philosophy at St. John’s University and co-author (along with Douglas J. Den Uyl) of several books on ethics and political philosophy including Liberty and Nature: An Aristotelian Defense of Liberal Order (1991), Liberalism Defended: The Challenge of Post-Modernity (1997), and Norms of Liberty: A Perfectionist Basis for Non-Perfectionist Politics (2005).
Rasmussen discusses the importance of individual knowledge, not just for market success, but also for proper moral judgment.
In this entry, Douglas Rasmussen offers justification for protecting individual rights from the perspectives of several schools of thought.
Sadowsky and Rasmussen discuss the organization of society, the nature of rights, and whether or not there is any legitimacy to claims of the “common good.”
In this video, Rasmussen and Sirico speak on the relationship between rights, morality, the law, and political society
Ayn Rand remains one of the best-known and most influential individualist writers, credited with developing the philosophy of Objectivism.
Instead of focusing on groups and society, individualism places the individual as the focus of ethical discussion and political agency.
Natural rights are the basic rights held by all individuals by merits of being human; i.e., those rights that exist pre-government and may not be violated.
The nonaggression axiom or principle mandates that individuals do not use physical force against others or their property, except for retaliation.
Libertarian political institutions would respect people’s natural rights.
“A number of areas have emerged from our survey in which further work may produce results which can command a consensus among libertarian philosophers.”
Tom G. Palmer provides a comprehensive overview of the vast literature on libertarianism, free market economics, and the philosophy of liberty.