Ethics of Liberty

ISBN-10: 0814775594

ISBN-13: 9780814775592

Edition: 1998

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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. 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. This edition is newly indexed and includes a new introduction that takes special note of the Robert Nozick-Rothbard controversies.
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List price: $25.00
Copyright year: 1998
Publisher: New York University Press
Publication date: 2/1/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 308
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

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

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.

Introduction: Natural Law
Natural Law and Reason
Natural Law as "Science"
Natural Law versus Positive Law
Natural Law and Natural Rights
The Task of Political Philosophy
A Theory of Liberty
A Crusoe Social Philosophy
Interpersonal Relations: Voluntary Exchange
Interpersonal Relations: Ownership and Aggression
Property and Criminality
The Problem of Land Theft
Land Monopoly, Past and Present
Punishment and Proportionality
Children and Rights
"Human Rights" As Property Rights
Knowledge, True and False
The Boycott
Property Rights and the Theory of Contracts
Lifeboat Situations
The "Rights" of Animals
The State Versus Liberty
The Nature of the State
The Inner Contradictions of the State
The Moral Status of Relations to the State
On Relations Between States
Modern Alternative Theories of Liberty
Utilitarian Free-Market Economics
Introduction: Utilitarian Social Philosophy
The Unanimity and Compensation Principles
Ludwig von Mises and "Value-Free" Laissez Faire
Isaiah Berlin on Negative Freedom
F.A. Hayek and The Concept of Coercion
Robert Nozick and the Immaculate Conception of the State
Toward a Theory of Strategy for Liberty
Toward a Theory of Strategy for Liberty
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