Arguments For Liberty by Aaron Ross PowellArguments For Liberty by Aaron Ross Powell

Arguments For Liberty

EditorAaron Ross Powell, Grant Babcock

Paperback | January 3, 2017

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What's the best political system? What standards should we use to decide, and why? Arguments for Liberty is a guide to thinking about these questions. Two schools of thought have long dominated libertarian discussions about ethics: utilitarianism and natural rights. Those two theories are important, but they're not the only ways people think about ethics and political philosophy. In Arguments for Liberty, you'll find a broader approach to libertarianism. In each of Arguments for Liberty's nine chapters a different political philosopher discusses how his or her preferred school of thought judges political institutions and why libertarianism best meets that standard. Though they end up in the same place, the paths they take diverge in fascinating ways. Readers will find in these pages not only an excellent introduction to libertarianism, but also a primer on some of the most important political and ethical theories.
Aaron Ross Powell is a Cato Institute research fellow and founder and editor of, which presents introductory material as well as new scholarship related to libertarian philosophy, theory, and history. He is also co-host of's popular podcast, Free Thoughts. His writing has appeared in Liberty and Th...
Title:Arguments For LibertyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:374 pages, 7.94 × 5.47 × 1.06 inPublished:January 3, PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1. Utilitarianism 2. Natural Rights 3. Kant 4. Social Contract 5. Rawls 6. Virtue Ethics 7. Objectivism 8. Intuitionism 9. Pluralism Contributor bios