Utilitarianism equates morality to acts that maximize overall human happiness. Different theories find it both compatible and incompatible with libertarianism.
Christopher Freiman joins us to talk about his Arguments for Liberty chapter on utilitarianism. What’s the utilitarian argument for libertarianism?
Adam Gurri joins us for a discussion on utilitarianism and why it may not be a satisfactory moral theory in which to ground libertarianism.
Libertarian political institutions would maximize utility.
What is the place of utilitarianism in the broader libertarian tradition?
Hildreth rejects the utilitarian standard of value—happiness—and concludes his book by connecting benevolence and virtue.
The great classical liberal John Stuart Mill articulates his famous Harm Principle.
George H. Smith and David D. Friedman have a debate over whether natural rights or rule utilitarianism forms a better basis for libertarian ideas.
The Philosophic Radicals, including Jeremy Bentham, were British reformers generally supporting Benthian utilitarianism and democratic change.
George H. Smith discusses Thomas Hodgskin’s critique of utilitarianism and his contention that the primary concern of legislators is to preserve their own power.
We discuss the two most common philosophical justifications for libertarianism: consequentialism and rights-based theories.
Jeremy Bentham is known by most as the father of utilitarianism. He wrote in favor of free-markets, a pragmatic view of rights, and rational policy-making.
Raised from a young age to continue the philosophical tradition of Benthamite utilitarianism, John Stuart Mill contributed to philosophy of science and ethics.
Economics is an excellent tool for judging policies, but economic theory alone is a highly impoverished lens through which to view morality.
George H. Smith discusses the utilitarianism of Jeremy Bentham and why it so alarmed the defenders of natural rights.
Smith discusses the utilitarianism of Jeremy Bentham and why it so alarmed the defenders of natural rights.
Smith discusses Thomas Hodgskin’s critique of utilitarianism and his contention that the primary concern of legislators is to preserve their own power.
John Stuart Mill was a philosopher best known for his contributions to a free-market, more freedom-oriented view of utilitarianism.