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"I Paid for this Microphone!" The Importance of Shareholder Theory in (Teaching) Business Ethics

04/29/2009Libertarian Papers
Abstract: Two prominent normative theories of business ethics are stakeholder and shareholder theory. Business ethicists generally favor the former, while business people prefer the latter. If the purpose of business ethics is “to produce a set of ethical principles that can be both expressed in...
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Causation and Responsibility: A New Direction

04/29/2009Libertarian Papers
Abstract: In “Property, Causality, and Liability” and “Causation and Aggression,” Hans-Hermann Hoppe and Stephan Kinsella & Patrick Tinsley, respectively, argue against the Rothbardian position on criminal liability, especially with regard to the issue of incitement. This essay takes a critical...
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“Triune" Protection and its Implications for the Minimal State

04/28/2009Libertarian Papers
Abstract: Characterizing the libertarian ideal, Robert Nozick’s Minimal State has been a classic model wherein individual rights are taken for granted, from which state power is derivative, and legitimate only if it protects and reinforces individual rights. However, the “protection” is not so...
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Discussion: Must we Choose between Chandran Kukathas’s “Two Constructions of Libertarianism”?

04/28/2009Libertarian Papers
Abstract: Kukathas, in “Two Constructions of Libertarianism,” concludes that “the choice confronting libertarians is an invidious one. … The Federation of Liberty can, in principle, turn out to contain no communities of that federation which actually value or respect liberty; and even slavery might...
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Free Will and Preactions

04/28/2009Libertarian Papers
Abstract: Metaphysical libertarianism (hereafter ML) is the doctrine that human beings possess free will, that free will is incompatible with determinism, and that determinism is false. In this paper, I argue that the philosophical viability of political and economic libertarianism (hereafter PEL)...
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A Reply to the Current Critiques Formulated Against Hoppe’s Argumentation Ethics

03/13/2009Libertarian Papers
Abstract: This article responds to current critiques directed against Hoppe’s justification by performative contradiction of the self-ownership axiom. Maintaining that ethics should be grounded on sound principles, Hoppe observes that only self-ownership can pass the test of performative...
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Argumentation Ethics and The Philosophy of Freedom

03/13/2009Libertarian Papers
Abstract: When H.-H. Hoppe claimed (in A Theory of Socialism and Capitalism , 1989) that the principles of libertarianism were argumentatively irrefutable, both the logical coherence and the relevance of his “argument from argumentation” were criticized. While occasionally some of these criticisms...
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Grounding Political Debate

03/03/2009Libertarian Papers
Abstract: This essay is intentionally one-sided. Almost all other essays by either defenders of capitalism (libertarians) or defenders of government (statists) are oppositely one-sided. They claim that capitalism’s voluntariness or government’s coerciveness mean that capitalism or government better...
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Libertarian Punishment Theory: Working for, and Donating to, the State

02/20/2009Libertarian Papers
Abstract: In this paper we assume the contours of the libertarian philosophy, its view toward the unjustified state, and, also, the punishment theory of this perspective. We address the narrow question of what punishment is justified for partaking in statist activities.
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On A Recent Theory of "Legal Obligation"

Legal System

02/13/2009Libertarian Papers
Abstract: This paper, by the late Bruno Leoni, was originally published in the Italian journal Il Politico in 1966. In the article, Leoni reviews H.L.A. Hart’s The Concept of Law (1961). Hart first analyzes the concept of law by resorting to the classical concept of “obligation.” But he later tries...
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