Libertarianism Defended

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Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., 2006 - Philosophy - 348 pages
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Ever since the publication in 1974 of Robert Nozick's 'Anarchy, State and Utopia', libertarianism has been much discussed within political philosophy, science and economy circles. Yet libertarianism has been so strongly identified with Nozick's version of it that little attention has been devoted to other than Nozick's ideas and arguments. While Nozick's version of libertarianism has preoccupied the academic discussion Nozick himself has not responded to the many criticisms raised and yet other defenders of libertarianism have not remained silent. Jan Narveson, Loren Lomasky, Eric Mack, Douglas Rasmussen, Douglas Den Uyl and many others have contributed many impressive arguments of their own in support of the libertarian idea that a political system is just when it successfully secures the rights of individuals understood within the Lockean classical liberal tradition. In this book, Tibor R. Machan analyses the state-of-the-debate on libertarianism post Nozick. books and other publications, he examines closely the alternative non-Nozickian defenses of libertarianism that have been advanced and, by applying these arguments to innumerable policy areas in the field, Machan achieves a new visibility and prominence for libertarianism.
  

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Contents

Is It Responsible to be Free?
13
Here to Stay?
21
Justice Self and Natural Rights
31
Individualism and the Vitality of Community Life
71
Economics and Human Values
83
Finding the Rational
97
A Positive Libertarian View of Government
121
Allies After All?
147
Between Parent and Child
215
Should Ads for Hazardous Goods be Banned?
223
I6 The Ideology of Death that Will Not
233
l7 Libertarianism and Conservatism
241
l8 Socialism Redux on the Horizon
261
l9 Two Philosophers Skeptical of Negative Liberty
269
Does Libertarianism Imply the Welfare State?
299
The Dependence of Equality on Liberty
313

Robert Nozick and the Libertarian Alternative
163
Will Technology Make Us Free?
185
How Critical is Critical Legal Studies?
191
Should You Apologize?
203
Why Agreement Is Not Enough
321
Against Fairness
335
Epilogue
341
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About the author (2006)

Tibor Machan is professor of philosophy at Auburn University. His articles have appeared in "The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, "and "The Los Angeles Daily Journal. "He is the author of "The Virtue of Liberty; Capitalism and Individualism: Refraining the Argument for the Free Society; "and "Individuals and Their Rights. Nicholas Rescher "is professor of philosophy at the University of Pittsburgh.

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