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In defence of spontaneous order: Hayek and libertarianism

The Economist  Abstract  According to Adam Smith, Friedrich Hayek and everyone else who knows what he or she is talking about, well-functioning markets depend, inter alia, upon clear property rights and a judicial system that enforces agreements and resolve disputes. It’s true that Friedrich Hayek, whom Mr Linker shamelessly abuses, is the most prominent 20th-century…

Evidence Matters: Science, Proof, and Truth in the Law

One of my favorite contemporary philosophers — Susan Haack — here discussing her latest book with New Books in Philosophy host Robert Talisse, both having been contributors to EPISTEME. Warrant, Causation, and the Atomism of Evidence Law Fallibilism, Objectivity, and the New Cynicism Toward a Social Epistemic Comprehensive Liberalism Social Epistemology and the Politics of Omission…

Oakeshott on Law

STEVEN GERENCSER trailer from A Companion to Michael Oakeshott To write about law in relationship to Michael Oakeshott’s ideas generally, or his thoughts on politics in particular, presents a complicated task, not because law is an obscure concept in Oakeshott, and not because it is a topic about which he has written little. In fact,…