The Ethics of Liberty / Edition 1

The Ethics of Liberty / Edition 1

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by Murray N. Rothbard
     
 

In recent years, libertarian impulses have increasingly influenced national and economic debates, from welfare reform to efforts to curtail affirmative action. Long out of print, Murray N. Rothbard's classic The Ethics of Liberty stands as one of the most rigorous and philosophically sophisticated expositions of the libertarian political position.What distinguishes… See more details below

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In recent years, libertarian impulses have increasingly influenced national and economic debates, from welfare reform to efforts to curtail affirmative action. Long out of print, Murray N. Rothbard's classic The Ethics of Liberty stands as one of the most rigorous and philosophically sophisticated expositions of the libertarian political position.What distinguishes Rothbard's book is the manner in which it roots the case for freedom in the concept of natural rights and applies it to a host of practical problems. An economist by profession, Rothbard here proves himself equally at home with philosophy. And while his conclusions are radical—that a social order that strictly adheres to the rights of private property must exclude the institutionalized violence inherent in the state—his applications of libertarian principles prove surprisingly practical for a host of social dilemmas, solutions to which have eluded alternative traditions. The Ethics of Liberty authoritatively established the anarcho-capitalist economic system as the most viable and the only principled option for a social order based on freedom. The current edition is newly indexed and includes a new introduction that takes special note of the Robert Nozick-Rothbard controversies.

Author Biography: The author of numerous books, the late Murray N. Rothbard (1926-1995) was the S. J. Hall Distinguished Professor of Economics at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and Academic Vice President of the Ludwig von Mises Institute. Hans-Hermann Hoppe is Professor of Economics at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814775592
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
02/01/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
308
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

The author of numerous books, the late Murray N. Rothbard (1926-1995) was the S. J. Hall Distinguished Professor of Economics at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and Academic Vice President of the Ludwig von Mises Institute.

Hans-Hermann Hoppe is Professor of Economics at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Table of Contents

Introduction
Acknowledgments
Preface
Pt. IIntroduction: Natural Law
1Natural Law and Reason3
2Natural Law as "Science"9
3Natural Law versus Positive Law17
4Natural Law and Natural Rights21
5The Task of Political Philosophy25
Pt. IIA Theory of Liberty
6A Crusoe Social Philosophy29
7Interpersonal Relations: Voluntary Exchange35
8Interpersonal Relations: Ownership and Aggression45
9Property and Criminality51
10The Problem of Land Theft63
11Land Monopoly, Past and Present69
12Self-Defense77
13Punishment and Proportionality85
14Children and Rights97
15"Human Rights" As Property Rights113
16Knowledge, True and False121
17Bribery129
18The Boycott131
19Property Rights and the Theory of Contracts133
20Lifeboat Situations149
21The "Rights" of Animals155
Pt. IIIThe State Versus Liberty
22The Nature of the State161
23The Inner Contradictions of the State175
24The Moral Status of Relations to the State183
25On Relations Between States189
Pt. IVModern Alternative Theories of Liberty
26Utilitarian Free-Market Economics201
AIntroduction: Utilitarian Social Philosophy201
BThe Unanimity and Compensation Principles203
CLudwig von Mises and "Value-Free" Laissez Faire206
27Isaiah Berlin on Negative Freedom215
28F.A. Hayek and The Concept of Coercion219
29Robert Nozick and the Immaculate Conception of the State231
Pt. VToward a Theory of Strategy for Liberty
30Toward a Theory of Strategy for Liberty257
Bibliography275
Index295

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