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#1 Stephen Boydstun

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Posted 08 January 2012 - 05:43 AM

Reality, Reason, and Rights
(Lexington 2011)

This festschrift for Tibor Machan has been a long time in the making, and it appears it will have been worth the wait. It looks to be a collection living up to the caliber of Tibor's philosophical achievements.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Tibor Machan
Nicolas Capaldi

Chapter 2. Machan on Egoism and Altruism
Aeon J. Skoble

Chapter 3. Aristotle and the Roots of Individualism
James E. Chesher

Chapter 4. Injustice and the Welfare State
Douglas J. Den Uyl

Chapter 5. Reason and Precedent in the Law
Lester Hunt

Chapter 6. Liberty and the Virtue of Patience: A Vindication of Machan’s Project
Jonathan Jacobs

Chapter 7. God, Aquinas and Revisionist Natural Law Theory: The Question of Natural Kinds and Natural Rights
Anthony Lisska

Chapter 8. How to Think about Economic Justice
Eric Mack

Chapter 9. Neo-Aristotelian Theories of Natural Rights
Fred D. Miller, Jr.

Chapter 10. Liberty to Equality: Yet Another Try
James Sterba

Chapter 11. Machan, Realism, and Objective Value Judgments
Douglas B. Rasmussen

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Posted 08 January 2012 - 10:38 AM

Stephen, I liked Machan's book on Ayn Rand, but I've long had the sense of him as writing at sometimes wordy length and many volumes on issues I was already familiar with as a longtime Objectivist, the way a good popularizer might do. Which is certainly a very important function, but is for readers at a different stage than I'm at.

Nothing I can recall specifically, though. Am I unfair to him? Given that one can't keep up with all the Oists and libertarians writing, do you plan to read this and report on the above issue?

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Posted 08 January 2012 - 12:03 PM

Phil,

I’ve sensed that wordiness at times also. Although, at least there was a loveliness to the expression.

Kat has a list of Tibor’s works here. The impressive book of his with which I am familiar is Human Rights and Human Liberties (1975). I should say it was impressive in its treatment of fundamental philosophy required for the intellectual defense of individual rights. When it came to treatment of current political issues within the framework of individual rights, then, as you say, not much new, at least by that stage of my libertarian education.

I'm pretty sure this festschrift is a good way for getting oneself to the frontiers of the topics in its Table of Contents and getting versed in what Prof. Machan has written on these topics. I’m especially looking forward to the chapter by James Sterba in that regard.

I’m going to order this book, and I’ll let you know, in this thread, what I find. Don’t hesitate to beat me to it. I think I should order Tibor’s Individuals and Their Rights (1989) as well. I’ve heard a number of times that in this work he made significant advances beyond his 1975 work.

I should mention one Machan essay with which I am very familiar. It is without excess words, the discussion is original and sophisticated, and it remains a milestone for its topic in Objectivist philosophy. It forms chapter 2 of his Ayn Rand. That was his Objectivity essay “Evidence of Necessary Existence” (1992).

Stephen




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