This site is devoted to advancing the rights-based political philosophy first articulated by John Locke and championed prominently in our day by the late Robert Nozick in his classic Anarchy, State, and Utopia [1974].  It will do so by explaining minimal state libertarianism in a way that is accessible to the intelligent general reader and by hosting a forum that will subject its key ideas to scrutiny and debate.

I make my own modest contribution to this cause in my book, Nozick’s Libertarian Project: An Elaboration and Defense (London: Continuum International, 2011). My second book on this subject, Libertarian Philosophy in the Real World: The Politics of Natural Rights, was just published by Bloomsbury Academic. For additional information about libertarianism, this site, my books, and your host, please follow the links to the left.

New on the Blog

The Problem of Evil

Ever since the Enlightenment, philosophers and theologians have argued over a challenge to religious belief known as the “problem of evil.” Very briefly, how can God be both omnipotent and benevolent, yet allow things like the Holocaust or the 1994 genocide in Rwanda? If this apparent inconsistency cannot be resolved, God must either not exist or be radically different than conceived by most believers. As evident from the entry on this subject by Michael Tooley in the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, there is an enormous literature on controversy. I believe it is fair to say that Professor Tooley is convinced that the problem of evil constitutes a decisive reason to deny the existence of a benevolent God. Continue Reading »

More on Gifted Education

In a post last month I discussed the disgraceful failure of our public schools to adequately educate our most gifted children. As if on cue, the Wall Street Journal published last week an important opinion piece on this subject. This essay, “The Bright Students Left Behind,” by Chester Finn, Jr. and Brandon Wright (both affiliated with an Ohio think-tank dedicated to school reform) does a superb job of diagnosing and documenting the disease, but falls far short in its recommended cure. Continue Reading »