A Brief History of Liberty by David Schmidtz and Jason Brennen

What’s interesting about this book is that arguments about liberty often seem to revolve around the idea that there is one correct theoretical concept of liberty.  This book makes the case there there are many types of liberty which while maintaining some sort of family resemblance, do not owe their existence to one overarching correct theory of liberty.

Schmidtz and Brennen, A Brief History of Liberty, Wiley-Blackwell, 2010.



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Peter Vallentyne “Left Libertarianism: A Primer”

One of the central differences between “left” and “right” libertarianism is the status of natural resources and land.  What justification can be given for, and what restrictions placed upon, original acquisition?  This book chapter is a nice overview of left libertarianism and, importantly, includes a a valuable bibliography of past and present left libertarian writings.

Vallentyne, P. (2000). Left Libertariansism: A Primer. In P. Vallentyne and H. Steiner (Eds.), Left Libertarianism and Its Critics (1-20).New York: Palgrave.



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David Hume on English Liberty.

This is an excerpt from his History of England.

Source:  Online Library of Liberty, Liberty Fund, Inc.


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Past Event, February 2013

Weekend Exploring Liberty

Lecture Schedule

Friday 2/1 PAC 3F (3rd floor)

Lecture 1) “Why Liberty?” Dr. William Kline, 4:00pm -5:15pm

Lecture 2) “Economic Freedom, Well Being, and Peace” Dr. Matt Brown, 6:15pm – 7:30pm

Lecture 3) “Individualism” Dr. Michael Douma, 7:45pm – 9:00pm

Saturday 2/2 PAC Conference Room F (1st floor)

Lecture 4) “Self Ownership” Dr. Eric Roark, 10:00am-11:15am

Lecture 5) “Liberty and Capitalism” Dr. Karl McDermott, 11:30am-12:45pm

Lecture 6) “Limits of Government” Dr. Geoffrey Lea, 2:00pm-3:15pm

Lecture 7) “Liberty and Community” Dr. Shoon Lio, 3:30pm-4:45pm

Lecture 8) “Liberty and the Constitution” Dr. Kenneth Owen 5:45pm – 7:00pm

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The Entrepreneurial Process (10 min. video)

What makes entrepreneurs tick? Creative knowledge, initiative, trial and error, perseverance, and more. This mini lecture by Stephen Hicks is part of a new series of short, instructional lectures on entrepreneurship. This video is produced by the Center for Ethics and Entrepreneurship at Rockford College.

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