James Buchanan was one of the most philosophical economists of his generation, and he had a deep commitment to the classical liberal world-view. But he also identified serious challenges that classical liberals had to grapple with — challenges of justice, challenges of freedom and responsibility, and challenges of vision.
In this working paper, […]
My colleague David Levy recently alerted me to a discussion in Rawls’s Lectures on the History of Political Philosophy (2007, p. 162) on the intellectual relationship between economists and philosophers. As Rawls points out Hume and Smith were both utilitarian philosophers and economists, and the same is true for Bentham, James Mill, John Stuart Mill and […]
I wasn’t much of a student in HS and before — my attentions were directed elsewhere — but I had a few highlight moments where the material and ideas being discussed excited my imagination: freshman biology, sophomore geometry, senior history and senior english. In that english seminar we read Albert Camus, The Stranger, […]
On p. 272 of Anarchy, State and Utopia, Nozick writes the following:
Economically well-off persons desire greater political power, in a nonminimal state, because they can sue this power to give themselves differential economic benefits. Where a locus of such power exists, it is not surprising that people attempt to use it for their own […]
Today we will be discussing the contributions of Robert Nozick to modern social philosophy and political economy. It is my impression, perhaps wrong, that most philosophers and political theorists focus on Nozick’s “rights theory” and his rights-based arguments against Rawlsian social justice.
I don’t deny that such a reading makes sense, but I wonder […]
I am in the midst of finishing off a draft of a paper on Henry Hazlitt for a conference at Duke next month. The conference is on the Economist as Public Intellectual, and what I am doing is reversing that and discussing the case of a Public Intellectual as an Economist. Hazlitt, in my opinion, […]