Excursions Into Libertarian Thought

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Synopsis

George H. Smith explores the history of libertarian ideas. Narrated by Daniel Hyland.

Episodes

  • Immanuel Kant and the Natural Law Tradition

    Immanuel Kant and the Natural Law Tradition

    25/07/2018 Duration: 14min

    George Smith discusses Kant’s attempt to justify objective moral principles and his views on when the use of coercion is morally proper. Originally published in essay form on April 15, 2016 

  • A Few Kind Words about the Most Evil Man in Mankind’s History

    A Few Kind Words about the Most Evil Man in Mankind’s History

    18/07/2018 Duration: 16min

    George Smith explains some fundamental features of Immanuel Kant’s moral and political theory. Originally published in essay form on April 8, 2016 

  • Some Personal Reflections on Ayn Rand

    Some Personal Reflections on Ayn Rand

    11/07/2018 Duration: 11min

    George Smith discusses some good and bad influences that Ayn Rand’s ideas had on his own intellectual development. Originally published in essay form on April 1, 2016 

  • Ayn Rand on Aristotle

    Ayn Rand on Aristotle

    04/07/2018 Duration: 13min

    George Smith examines some of Rand’s claims about the beneficial influence of Aristotle’s ideas on the course of Western civilization. Originally published in essay form on March 4, 2016 

  • On the Influence of Ideas

    On the Influence of Ideas

    27/06/2018 Duration: 15min

    George Smith discusses the issue of whether we should hold a philosopher responsible for the beliefs of those followers who agree with him. Originally published in essay form on February 26, 2016.  

  • Some Reflections on the History of Philosophy

    Some Reflections on the History of Philosophy

    20/06/2018 Duration: 16min

    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. Originally published in essay form on February 19, 2016 

  • Immanuel Kant and Nazism

    Immanuel Kant and Nazism

    06/06/2018 Duration: 12min

    Was Kant somehow responsible for the rise of Nazism? Smith explores two points of view on this issue. Originally published in essay form on February 5, 2016 

  • Ernst Cassirer on Fascism and National Socialism

    Ernst Cassirer on Fascism and National Socialism

    30/05/2018 Duration: 12min

    George H. Smith discusses the mythological thinking that dominated Nazi ideology, as explained in Cassirer’s book The Myth of the State. Originally published in essay form on January 29, 2016.  

  • Ayn Rand and the History of Philosophy

    Ayn Rand and the History of Philosophy

    24/05/2018 Duration: 12min

    George Smith discusses whether we should hold a philosopher responsible for how other philosophers use his or her ideas. Originally published in essay form on February 12, 2016 

  • Ayn Rand on Fascism

    Ayn Rand on Fascism

    23/05/2018 Duration: 12min

    George H. Smith explores Rand’s contention that America was sliding down a slippery slope to fascism. Originally published in essay form on January 8, 2016.

  • John Locke: A Leveller Connection?

    John Locke: A Leveller Connection?

    16/05/2018 Duration: 17min

    Smith examines and criticizes Richard Ashcraft’s arguments that Locke was significantly influenced by the Levellers. Originally published in essay form on December 18, 2015.  

  • John Locke: In Search of the Radical Locke

    John Locke: In Search of the Radical Locke

    09/05/2018 Duration: 13min

    George H. Smith explains an important controversy about when the Two Treatises was written, and the possible influence of the Levellers on Locke. Originally published in essay form on December 4, 2015.  

  • John Locke: Money and Private Property

    John Locke: Money and Private Property

    02/05/2018 Duration: 11min

    George H. Smith explains the significance, for Locke, of the increased productivity caused by labor, and the relationship between money and property. Originally published in essay form on November 20, 2015.  

  • John Locke: Some Qualifications in Locke’s Theory of Property

    John Locke: Some Qualifications in Locke’s Theory of Property

    25/04/2018 Duration: 11min

    George H. Smith explains how Locke dealt with some problems in the traditional Christian theory of private property. Originally published in essay form on November 6, 2015.  

  • John Locke: Some Problems in Locke’s Theory of Private Property

    John Locke: Some Problems in Locke’s Theory of Private Property

    18/04/2018 Duration: 13min

    George H. Smith discusses Robert Nozick’s criticisms of Locke’s property theory and the relationship between a natural-law justification of property and social conventions. Originally published in essay form on October 30, 2015.  

  • John Locke: Hermeneutics and Labor

    John Locke: Hermeneutics and Labor

    11/04/2018 Duration: 12min

    George H. Smith explains Locke’s ideas about how we should interpret a philosophic text, and the relationship between labor and private property. Originally published in essay form on October 23, 2015.

  • John Locke: The Justification of Private Property

    John Locke: The Justification of Private Property

    04/04/2018 Duration: 10min

    In his first essay in a new series on John Locke, Smith explains some essential features of Locke’s case for private property. Originally published in essay form on October 19, 2015

  • Freethought and Freedom: John Locke on Property

    Freethought and Freedom: John Locke on Property

    28/03/2018 Duration: 10min

    George Smith discusses Locke’s view of the original commons, before the institution of private property. Originally published in essay form on October 9, 2015.

  • Freethought and Freedom: Private Property and Natural Law

    Freethought and Freedom: Private Property and Natural Law

    21/03/2018 Duration: 13min

    George Smith continues his discussion of how the theory of private property changed over the centuries. Originally published in essay form on October 2, 2015.  

  • FreeThought and Freedom: The Secularization of Private Property

    FreeThought and Freedom: The Secularization of Private Property

    14/03/2018 Duration: 14min

    Smith contrasts the modern secular approach to private property with the traditional Christian theory. Originally published in essay form on September 25, 2015.  

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