Part one of a lengthy article on Samuel Johnson, originally written in 2001, is a result of my interest in freelance, or market, intellectuals.
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.
Smith explains the thinking of James Birney when he liberated his slaves.
Smith discusses Birney’s eventual opposition to the American Colonization Society and why he embraced abolitionism instead.
Smith discusses the interesting case of James Birney, who freed his slaves and became a prominent abolitionist.
George Smith discusses Kant’s attempt to justify objective moral principles and his views on when the use of coercion is morally proper.
George Smith explains some fundamental features of Immanuel Kant’s moral and political theory.
The Polk years began in a sort of uneasy truce between radicals and conservatives.
George Smith discusses some good and bad influences that Ayn Rand’s ideas had on his own intellectual development.
George Smith examines some of Rand’s claims about the beneficial influence of Aristotle’s ideas on the course of Western civilization.
Smith explains the crucial role of rights in political theory.
George Smith discusses the issue of whether we should hold a philosopher responsible for the beliefs of those followers who agree with him.
Smith discusses the common argument that natural rights will lead inevitably to anarchism.
George Smith explains the views of Kant and Hegel on the history of philosophy, and explores whether moral judgments should be applied to the realm of ideas.
Smith continues his brief discussion of how to justify natural rights.
Smith interrupts his series on abolitionism to present a barebones defense of natural rights.
Was Kant somehow responsible for the rise of Nazism? Smith explores two points of view on this issue.
George H. Smith discusses the mythological thinking that dominated Nazi ideology, as explained in Cassirer’s book The Myth of the State.
George Smith discusses whether we should hold a philosopher responsible for how other philosophers use his or her ideas.