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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.

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Social Laws, Part 3

by George H. Smith on Aug 8, 2014

Smith explores the controversy over whether sociology qualifies as an authentic science.

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Was Thomas Jefferson a Plagiarist?

featuring George H. Smith on Aug 13, 2014

Jefferson drew on a rich intellectual tradition when he drafted the Declaration of Independence. But did he draw directly from contemporary works, as well?

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Social Laws, Part 4

by George H. Smith on Aug 22, 2014

Smith explains Herbert Spencer’s views of the scientific status of sociology, the nature of social laws, and the practical value of social science.

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Social Laws, Part 5

by George H. Smith on Aug 29, 2014

Smith discusses the value of sociology and some misconceptions of methodological individualism.

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Social Laws, Part 6

by George H. Smith on Sep 5, 2014

Smith explains methodological individualism and its implications for the existence of institutions and other social phenomena.

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Social Laws, Part 7

by George H. Smith on Sep 12, 2014

Smith discusses some controversial features of praxeology, as defended by Ludwig von Mises. 

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Social Laws, Part 8

by George H. Smith on Sep 19, 2014

Smith explores the historical and theoretical roots of methodological individualism and subjectivism.

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Social Laws, Part 9

by George H. Smith on Sep 26, 2014

Smith explores some features of social holism, as explained and defended by Emile Durkheim.

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The Boston Massacre

featuring George H. Smith on Oct 1, 2014

George H. Smith continues his look at the events leading up to the American Revolution by telling the story of the Boston Massacre.

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Social Laws, Part 10

by George H. Smith on Oct 10, 2014

Smith explores Emile Durkheim’s major objections to Herbert Spencer’s theory of a free society based on voluntary contracts.