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#401 George H. Smith

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Posted 22 April 2015 - 07:34 AM

From Optimism to Pessimism: The Case of Herbert Spencer, Part 3

The Libertarianism.org podcast of my Essay #39 is now available. This deals with Spencer's views on war, militarism, and patriotism.

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Posted 24 April 2015 - 09:45 AM

Freedom and Freethought: The Politics of Deism

Smith explains the political implications of the deistic repudiation of special revelation and miracles.

My Libertarianism.org Essay #169 is now up.

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Posted 24 April 2015 - 12:02 PM

I'm a miracle. Refute that! :smile:

 

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Posted 27 April 2015 - 09:14 AM



My interview with Aaron Powell and Trevor Burrus of Libertarianism.org has just been posted.

THE RADICAL NOTION OF INDIVIDUALISM

George H. Smith joins us to talk about Libertarianism.org’s first book, which is a reader on the topic of individualism.

This week George H. Smith joins us to talk about Individualism: A Reader, the first in a series of readers published by Libertarianism.org and the Cato Institute. In it, Smith and his co-editor Marilyn Moore have compiled 26 selections from 25 writers on the topic of individualism. How has the idea of individualism evolved over time? What are some common misconceptions about individualism? Is a commitment to individualism somehow antithetical to the idea of community?




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Posted 29 April 2015 - 02:16 PM

The Libertarianism.org podcast of my Essay #40 is now up.




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Posted 01 May 2015 - 08:36 AM

Freethought and Freedom: Skepticism

Pyrrhonic skepticism had a tremendous influence on religious debates in post-Reformation Europe.

My Libertarianism.org Essay #170 is now up.

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Posted 03 May 2015 - 08:23 PM

I just found out that George Smith won the 1916 Kentucky Derby!

 

Belated congratulations, George!

 

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Posted 04 May 2015 - 09:00 AM

George, I have the second edition of Popkin's book (2003), which has in its subtitle the span: From Savonarola to Bayle. Marvelous intellectual history. Popkin notes rightly that any inference from Pyrrhonist skepticism to keeping with tradition and with the Catholic faith is a non sequitor. Likewise for any inference to questioning tradition and Catholic doctrine. Naturally, I wonder if any uses made of Pyrrhonism in the modern era either in support of political conservatism or in support of political liberalism or in support of the state or in opposition to it are also one and all non sequitors. I suppose it need not concern all skeptics that inferences from their skepticism to religious or political conclusions are fallacious, but surely it should concern one like Montaigne who tried to craft a wholly rational path into Pyrrhonism.



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Posted 06 May 2015 - 03:47 PM

The Libertarianism.org podcast of my Essay #41 is now up.



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Posted 13 May 2015 - 12:54 PM

The Libertarianism.org podcast of my Essay #42 is now up. This part discusses the role that self-ownership played in Spencer's sociological analyses.



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Posted 15 May 2015 - 10:37 AM

Freethought and Freedom: Francis Bacon and the Rise of Secularism

Smith explains Bacon’s defense of certainty and his contributions to a secular worldview.

My Libertarianism.org Essay #171 is now up.

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Posted 20 May 2015 - 01:15 PM

The Libertarianism.org podcast of my Essay #43 is now up.



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Posted 22 May 2015 - 10:16 AM

Freethought and Freedom: Benedict Spinoza

Smith discusses Spinoza’s pantheism and his criticism of the Design Argument.

My Libertarianism.org Essay #172 is now up.

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Posted 22 May 2015 - 11:08 AM

Looks like #200 will arrive in time for Christmas.

 

I have never seen such a gigantic cascade of high quality intellectual productivity. Is this how Gibbon worked when he wrote about Rome?

 

It might be helpful for future readers if these essays were conglomerated by subject emphasis and electronically published.

 

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Posted 22 May 2015 - 11:43 AM

Looks like #200 will arrive in time for Christmas.

 

I have never seen such a gigantic cascade of high quality intellectual productivity. Is this how Gibbon worked when he wrote about Rome?

 

It might be helpful for future readers if these essays were conglomerated by subject emphasis and electronically published.

 

--Brant

 

Mega dittos on that idea!!

 

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Posted Today, 08:00 AM

The Libertarianism.org podcast of my Essay #44 is now up. Titled "Jack and Jill and Two Kinds of Freedom," this is among my personal favorites.



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Posted Today, 08:29 AM

The Libertarianism.org podcast of my Essay #44 is now up. Titled "Jack and Jill and Two Kinds of Freedom," this is among my personal favorites.



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If one goes by objective judgement  based on -what is observable-  there is little difference between a Prudent Predator and a Good Guy.   In terms of social regulation    the winning repeated Prisoner's Dilemma strategy   Tit-For-Tat   will work out just as well as trying to reform the Prudent Predator and make him a Moral Operator..

 

Moral Principles function  primarily as constraints  rather than prescriptions.  That is why social organizations in which Moral Principles  are  the operating norm  use  less energy  to do their business than  prescription based modes. 

 

 

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