Douglas Rasmussen

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).


Rights, Theories of

by Douglas Rasmussen on Aug 15, 2008

In this entry, Douglas Rasmussen offers justification for protecting individual rights from the perspectives of several schools of thought.


Rand, Ayn (1905-1982)

by Chris Sciabarra on Aug 15, 2008

Ayn Rand remains one of the best-known and most influential individualist writers, credited with developing the philosophy of Objectivism.


Individualism, Political and Ethical

by Timothy Sandefur on Aug 15, 2008

Instead of focusing on groups and society, individualism places the individual as the focus of ethical discussion and political agency.


Nonaggression Axiom

by Roderick T. Long on Aug 15, 2008

The nonaggression axiom or principle mandates that individuals do not use physical force against others or their property, except for retaliation.


Rights, Natural

by Fred Miller on Aug 15, 2008

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 Literature of Liberty

by Tom G. Palmer on Feb 4, 1998

Tom G. Palmer provides a comprehensive overview of the vast literature on libertarianism, free market economics, and the philosophy of liberty.