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The Routledge Companion to Libertarianism

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ISBN 9780367410124
April 29, 2022 Forthcoming by Routledge
672 Pages

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Book Description

Have you ever wondered what libertarians think about vaccine mandates? About gun control? About racial and sexual inequalities? While libertarianism is well-known as a political theory relating to the scope and justification of state authority, the breadth and depth of libertarian work on a wide range of other topics in social and political philosophy is less well-known. This handbook is the first definitive reference on libertarianism that offers an in-depth survey of the central ideas from across philosophy, politics and economics, including applications to contemporary policy issues.

The forty chapters in this work provide an encyclopaedic overview of libertarian scholarship, from foundational debates about natural rights theories vs. utilitarian approaches, to policy debates over immigration, punishment and policing, and intellectual property. Each essay presents a comprehensive and up-to-date overview of historical and contemporary libertarian thought on its subject, and thus serves as an essential guide to current scholarship, and a starting place for discovering future lines of research. The book also contains a section on criticisms of libertarianism, written by leading scholars from the feminist, republican, socialist, and conservative perspectives, as well as a section on how libertarian political theory relates to various schools of economic thought such as the Chicago, Austrian, Bloomington, and Public Choice schools.

This book is an essential and comprehensive guide for anyone interested in libertarianism, whether sympathiser or critic.

Table of Contents

Matt Zwolinski and Benjamin Ferguson
1.   Natural Rights
Eric Mack
2.   Freedom
Martin van Hees
3.   Welfare
Chris Freiman
4.   Contractarianism
John Thrasher
5.   Virtue Ethics
Neera K. Badhwar
6.   Objectivism
Gregory Salmieri
Key Concepts
7.   Self-Ownership
Daniel C. Russell
8.   Property Rights
Bas van der Vossen
9.   Liberty
Kyle Swan
10.  Force and Coercion
Billy Christmas
11.  Political Legitimacy and Authority
Jason Brennan
Institutional Regimes
12.  Anarchism
Roderick T. Long
13.  Minimal Statism
David Gordon
14.  Classical Liberalism
Stephen Davies
15.  Left Libertarianism
Hillel Steiner
Social Issues
16.  Race
Fabio Rojas
17.  Sexual Ethics
Chad van Schoelandt
18.  Sex and Gender
Steven Horwitz, Sarah Skwire, and Akiva Malamet
19.  Class
David Hart

Domestic Policy Issues
20.  The Welfare State 
Matt Zwolinski
21.  Guns and Self-Defense
Lester H. Hunt
22.  Children and the Family
Andrew Jason Cohen and Lauren Hall
23.  Public Health and Healthcare Policy
Jess Flannigan
24.  Policing and Punishment
Jake Monaghan
25.  Taxation
Miranda Perry Fleischer
Global Policy Issues
26.  Colonialism and Territorial Rights
Benjamin Ferguson
27.  Immigration
Hrishikesh Joshi
28.  Rectification and Historic Injustice
Jason Lee Byas
29.  War and Humanitarian Intervention
Fernando R. Tesón
30.  Environmental Issues
Dan Shahar
31.  Intellectual Property
Adam Mossoff
Libertarianism and Economic Thought
32.  Libertarianism and the Chicago School of Economics
Ross Emmett
33.  Libertarianism and the Austrian School of Economics
Peter J. Boettke
34.  Libertarianism and Public Choice
Michael Munger
35.  Libertarianism and the Bloomington School
Jayme Lemke and Jordan Lofthouse
Critiques of Libertarianism
36. Feminist Critiques
Lori Watson
37.  Liberal Egalitarian Critiques
Richard Arneson
38.  Conservative Critiques
Justin Tosi and Brandon Warmke
39.  Marxist Critiques
Alex Gourevitch
40. Republican Critiques
Eric MacGilvray

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Matt Zwolinksi is Professor of Philosophy at the University of San Diego, USA, and Director of USD’s Center for Ethics, Economics, and Public Policy.

Benjamin Ferguson is an Associate Professor at the University of Warwick, UK, and Director of their program in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics.


"This is a terrific collection of essays by leading thinkers. It covers just about every major topic in libertarian thought, plus some leading critiques. It should make an essential reference for anyone studying political philosophy."

- Michael Huemer, Professor of Philosophy, University of Colorado Boulder

"Libertarians are famously argumentative. This book introduces readers to everything that libertarians are arguing about – with conventional wisdom, critics, and each other. It’s an encyclopedic treatment of libertarian – and anti-libertarian – thought. If you love the free play of ideas, this is the book for you."

- Bryan Caplan, Professor of Economics, George Mason University