The Promise of Liberty: A Non-Utopian Vision [NOOK Book]

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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 ...
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The Promise of Liberty: A Non-Utopian Vision

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Overview

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: 9780739130766
  • Publisher: Lexington Books
  • Publication date: 4/16/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 312
  • File size: 448 KB

Meet the Author

Tibor R. Machan holds the R. C. Hoiles Chair in Business Ethics & Free Enterprise at Chapman University's Argyros School of B&E and is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University.
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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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