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Libertarianism: For and Against / Edition 1

Libertarianism: For and Against / Edition 1


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Libertarianism: For and Against offers dueling perspectives on the scope of legitimate government. Tibor R. Machan, a well-known political philosopher with libertarian convictions, argues for a minimal government devoted solely to protecting individual rights to life, liberty, and property. Stressing the sovereignty of each individual, Machan argues in favor of limiting democracy's scope and against the redistribution of wealth, or any other sort of taxation. In opposition to libertarianism, philosopher Craig Duncan defends democratic liberalism, which aims to ensure that all citizens have fair access to a life of dignity. This requires measures to protect equality of opportunity, as well as measures to ensure all have access to a decent minimum standard of living. In a dynamic exchange of arguments, critiques, and rebuttals, the two philosophers cut to the heart of this important debate, articulating and defending competing conceptions of such core values as political freedom and equality.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780742542594
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 06/30/2005
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 136
Product dimensions: 6.08(w) x 9.12(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Craig Duncan is assistant professor of philosophy at Ithaca College, New York. Tibor R. Machan is R. C. Hoiles Professor of Business Ethics and Free Enterprise at Chapman University, California.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Acknowledgements Chapter 2 Foreword Chapter 3 A Note to Readers Part 4 Part 1 Chapter 5 The Case for Libertarianism: Sovereign Individuals Chapter 6 The Errors of Libertarianism Chapter 7 Fairness-or Equality-is no Imperative Part 8 Part 2 Chapter 9 Democratic Liberalism: The Politics of Dignity Chapter 10 The Follies of Democratic "Liberalism" Chapter 11 Democratic Liberalism Defended Chapter 12 Index

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