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The Routledge Handbook of Libertarianism

ISBN 9781138832169
Published August 22, 2017 by Routledge
486 Pages

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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




Libertarianism in conversation with other theories

  1. Learning from libertarianism: thanks from an unrepentant social democrat

  2. Richard W. Miller

  3. Libertarianism without Locke

  4. Jacob Levy

  5. Hayekian Classical Liberalism

  6. Gerald Gaus

  7. Democracy and equality versus libertarianism and classical liberalism

  8. Richard Arneson

  9. Kant’s Liberalism

  10. Chris W. Suprenant

  11. What’s Wrong with Libertarianism? The Meritocratic Diagnosis

  12. Thomas Mulligan

  13. Liberal Libertarians: Why Libertarianism is a Liberal View

  14. Peter J. Boettke and Rosolino A. Candela

  15. Liberal and Illiberal Libertarianism

  16. Samuel Freeman

    Questioning libertarian principles

  17. Feminism and the Libertarian Self-Ownership Thesis

  18. Ann Cudd

  19. Self-love, justice, and cooperation

  20. Eric Mack

  21. Exception Rights

  22. Nicolás Maloberti

  23. The Sufficiency Proviso: A Case for Moderate Libertarianism

  24. Fabian Wendt

  25. Liberty: A PPE Approach

  26. Jason Brennan

  27. The Myths of the Self-Ownership Thesis

  28. Jason Brennan and Bas van der Vossen

  29. Social Contractarianism

  30. John Thrasher


    The role of property and the market:

  31. What can be for sale?

  32. Peter Martin Jaworski

  33. Property Rights: Natural, Conventional, or Hybrid?

  34. Anna Stilz

  35. Is Wealth Redistribution a R

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Jason Brennan is the Robert J. and Elizabeth Flanagan Family Chair of Strategy, Economics, Ethics, and Public Policy at the McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University, where he teaches courses in the intersection of politics, philosophy, and economics. He is the author or co-author of seven books, including Against Democracy (2016), Markets without Limits, with Peter Jaworski (2015), and Why Not Capitalism? (2014).

Bas van der Vossen is Associate Professor of Philosophy in the Smith Institute of Political Economy and Philosophy, Chapman University. He is the author, together with Fernando Tesón, of Debating Humanitarian Intervention (2017).

David Schmidtz is Kendrick Professor of Philosophy at the College of Social & Behavior Sciences and Eller Chair of Service-Dominant Logic at the College of Management, the University of Arizona. He is the author, co-author, or co-editor of 14 book publications.


"This is the best contemporary anthology introducing the reader to the basics of libertarianism."

--Tyler Cowen, George Mason University

"What a cornucopia! Handbooks are, of course, designed to be useful, but this one is also great fun as friends and critics insightfully converse across the range of libertarian issues. I shall keep my copy close at hand."

--Loren Lomasky, University of Virginia

"The Routledge Handbook of Libertarianism is a distinctive and distinctively valuable contribution to the literature. Those of us who work in political philosophy are indebted to the editors for assembling such an extraordinarily accomplished group of authors to write on the most important and pressing issues within and related to libertarianism."

--Christopher Heath Wellman, Washington University