1st Edition

The Routledge Companion to Libertarianism

Edited By Matt Zwolinski, Benjamin Ferguson Copyright 2022
    658 Pages
    by Routledge

    658 Pages
    by Routledge

    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 encyclopedic 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 chapter 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 sympathizer or critic.

    Matt Zwolinski and Benjamin Ferguson
    Part I Foundations
    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
    Part II 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
    Part III Institutional Regimes
    12.  Anarchism
    Roderick T. Long
    13.  Minimal Statism
    David Gordon
    14.  Classical Liberalism
    Stephen Davies
    15.  Left Libertarianism
    Hillel Steiner
    Part IV 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

    Part V 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
    Part VI 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
    Part VII 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
    Part VIII 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


    Matt Zwolinski 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