Promise Of Liberty

Promise Of Liberty

by Tibor R. Machan
     
 

ISBN-10: 0739130749

ISBN-13: 9780739130742

Pub. Date: 12/28/2008

Publisher: Lexington Books

Tibor Machan's central political imperative in The Promise of Liberty is one that he has found borne out by history, analysis, and personal experience: to recognize that individuals have unalienable rights to their lives, liberty, and property (which includes, of course, the pursuit of their happiness, their life agendas), that the only limitations on these

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Tibor Machan's central political imperative in The Promise of Liberty is one that he has found borne out by history, analysis, and personal experience: to recognize that individuals have unalienable rights to their lives, liberty, and property (which includes, of course, the pursuit of their happiness, their life agendas), that the only limitations on these rights should be others' equal rights, and that the proper function or role of the legal authorities in a country is to "secure" or protect these rights. As Machan points out, however, that imperative cannot survive scrutiny all on its own; it needs to be grounded on other true notions, on facts about us, the world, and the nature of community life. As a result, this book touches on a wide-ranging array of topics and addresses basic issues in ethics and the possibility of moral and ethical knowledge. This book will be of interest to students of politics and political economy, as well as those interested in what kind of human community is best suited for human living as such, with all its variety and multiplicity.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780739130742
Publisher:
Lexington Books
Publication date:
12/28/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
312
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.40(d)

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Preface & Acknowledgments Chapter 2 Introduction: Why Moral Judgments Can be Objective Chapter 3 Chapter I: Theorists v. their Theories: The Case of Agent Causation Chapter 4 Chapter II: Ethics and its Controversial Assumptions Chapter 5 Chapter III: Individualism & Human Success Chapter 6 Chapter IV: Virtue, Liberty, and Private Property: Aspects of Humanist Political Economy Chapter 7 Chapter V: Economic Analysis and the Pursuit of Liberty Chapter 8 Chapter VI: Human Rights and Poverty Chapter 9 Chapter VII: Rights, Values, Regulation and Health Care Chapter 10 Chapter VIII: The Morality of Smoking Chapter 11 Chapter IX: Philosophy, Physics and Common Sense Chapter 12 Chapter X: The Calculation Problem & the Tragedy of the Commons Chapter 13 Chapter XI: Government Budget Crises Chapter 14 Chapter XII: Right to Private Property Chapter 15 Chapter XIII: Revisiting a Critique Chapter 16 Chapter XIV: Leo Strauss & Neo-Conservatism Chapter 17 Chapter XV: Tocqueville & Ayn Rand Chapter 18 Chapter XVI: Should the Constitution be Rescued Chapter 19 Chapter XVII: Distraction of Anarchism Chapter 20 Chapter XVIII: On Owning Intellectual Stuff Chapter 21 Chapter XIX: Fetal Rights & Liberty Chapter 22 Chapter XX: Speculation on Post-Communism Chapter 23 Chapter XXI: The Right to be Wrong Chapter 24 Chapter XXII: Reflections on Democracy Chapter 25 Chapter XXIII: The Flaws of Stakeholder Theory Chapter 26 Chapter XXIV: Individualism Should Respect Rights Chapter 27 Appendix: Self-Ownership and the Lockean Proviso Chapter 28 Postscript: Ethics East & West

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