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The Routledge Handbook of Libertarianism

Edited by: Jason Brennan , Bas van der Vossen , David Schmidtz

Print publication date:  August  2017
Online publication date:  August  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138832169
eBook ISBN: 9781315709727
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781317486794
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Libertarians often bill their theory as an alternative to both the traditional Left and Right. The Routledge Handbook of Libertarianism helps readers fully examine this alternative without preaching it to them, exploring the contours of libertarian (sometimes also called classical liberal) thinking on justice, institutions, interpersonal ethics, government, and political economy. The 31 chapters--all written specifically for this volume--are organized into five parts. Part I asks, what should libertarianism learn from other theories of justice, and what should defenders of other theories of justice learn from libertarianism? Part II asks, what are some of the deepest problems facing libertarian theories? Part III asks, what is the right way to think about property rights and the market? Part IV asks, how should we think about the state? Finally, part V asks, how well (or badly) can libertarianism deal with some of the major policy challenges of our day, such as immigration, trade, religion in politics, and paternalism in a free market. Among the Handbook's chapters are those from critics who write about what they believe libertarians get right as well as others from leading libertarian theorists who identify what they think libertarians get wrong. As a whole, the Handbook provides a comprehensive, clear-eyed look at what libertarianism has been and could be, and why it matters.

Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Chapter  1:  Learning from Libertarianism: Thanks from an Unrepentant Social Democrat Download PDF
Chapter  2:  Toward a Non-Lockean Libertarianism Download PDF
Chapter  3:  Hayekian “Classical” Liberalism Download PDF
Chapter  4:  Democracy Versus Libertarianism Download PDF
Chapter  5:  Kant’s Liberalism Download PDF
Chapter  6:  What’s Wrong with Libertarianism: A Meritocratic Diagnosis Download PDF
Chapter  7:  Liberal Libertarianism Download PDF
Chapter  8:  Liberal and Illiberal Libertarianism Download PDF
Chapter  9:  Feminism and Libertarian Self-Ownership  Download PDF
Chapter  10:  Self-Love, Social Cooperation, and Justice Download PDF
Chapter  11:  Libertarianism and Exception Rights Download PDF
Chapter  12:  The Sufficiency Proviso Download PDF
Chapter  13:  Liberty: A PPE Approach Download PDF
Chapter  14:  The Myths of the Self-Ownership Thesis Download PDF
Chapter  15:  Social Contractarianism Download PDF
Chapter  16:  What Can Be for Sale? Download PDF
Chapter  17:  Property Rights: Natural or Conventional? Download PDF
Chapter  18:  Is Wealth Redistribution a Rights Violation? Download PDF
Chapter  19:  Free Trade: A Principle for All Seasons Download PDF
Chapter  20:  Are Economic Liberties Basic Rights?  Download PDF
Chapter  21:  Ideal Theory  Download PDF
Chapter  22:  Private Governance Download PDF
Chapter  23:  Libertarianism and the Welfare State Download PDF
Chapter  24:  Government Failure and Market Failure Download PDF
Chapter  25:  Freedom and Knowledge Download PDF
Chapter  26:  The Libertarian Case for Open Borders Download PDF
Chapter  27:  Religion and Politics Download PDF
Chapter  28:  A Libertarian Approach to Medicine Download PDF
Chapter  29:  Tolerance Download PDF
Chapter  30:  Paternalism and the Limits of Liberty Download PDF
Chapter  31:  Free Markets and Exploitation Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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