The classic argument John Rawls sets out in A Theory of Justice provides a strong foundation for libertarianism, Kogelmann says.
No contemporary philosopher has had more influence on political philosophy than John Rawls. With A Theory of Justice, published in 1971, Rawls both reinvigorated the then-moribund discipline and provided the theory to which nearly everything that followed was a response.
While most libertarians disagree with the core positions Rawls set out, some have argued that his ideas are in fact quite compatible with libertarian policies. Regardless of his compatibility with libertarianism, however, John Rawls is a massively influential thinker—and one any student of liberty should be familiar with.
Kevin Vallier joins us to talk about his Arguments for Liberty chapter on the ethical system of John Rawls. Does Rawls have value for libertarians?
John Rawls was a political theorist who revived interest in the field. Though not libertarian, his work can be interpreted in support of some free-market ideas.
The ethical system of John Rawls, properly understood, justifies libertarian political institutions.
For libertarians, property rights are deeply linked with our rights to bodily integrity, but for leftists, property rights aren’t seen as particularly important.
Kuznicki outlines the four basic distributions of material goods that a society could desire
Libertarianism is part of the liberal tradition, and we should be proud of that.
In his new book, Pennington defends the classical liberal focus on markets and the minimal state from the critiques presented by “market failure” economics.
Tom Palmer discusses his bookRealizing Freedom.
How far should we go to fight societal injustice?
One common model of state formation, the social contract consists of the voluntary exchange of protection and rights between governments and citizens.
Julian Sanchez discusses his perspective and philosphical interests.