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This book, in the tradition of Robert Nozick’s Anarchy, State, and Utopia, sheds new light on persistent philosophical questions about the nature and justification of political authority. Skoble’s discussion draws upon law, economics, and game theory to examine limited-state and anarchist theories from the standpoint of liberty and human rights. It includes a careful elucidation, based on the analysis in F. A. Hayek’s Constitution of Liberty, of the nature of coercion and the extent to which it can realistically be minimized. Skoble sets out the differences between libertarian and communitarian perspectives on the nature of society and the state, and, finally, compares the merits and demerits of violent and nonviolent strategies for political change.
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Professor Aeon J. Skoble, an expert on philosophy, and discusses his book Deleting The State. This week we go down the rabbit hole in philosophy with Professor Aeon J. Skoble. Instead of finding a logical case for eliminating government through economic ideas, we find the moral case for the dissolution of government. We also discuss the ideas and ways we could get it done in a peaceful way, and non-coercive way.
About The Guest
Aeon J. Skoble is Professor of Philosophy at Bridgewater State University, in Southeastern Massachusetts. A native New Yorker, he received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania and his master’s and doctorate from Temple University. In 1991, he was awarded a Claude R. Lambe Fellowship from the Institute for Humane Studies. His main research in moral and political philosophy includes theories of rights, the nature and justification of authority, virtue ethics, practical reason and moral psychology, just-war theory, classical theories of happiness, and theories of legal interpretation.
He is the co-editor of the anthology Political Philosophy: Essential Selections (Prentice-Hall, 1999) and author of Deleting the State: An Argument About Government (Open Court, 2008), as well as many essays in scholarly and popular journals. In addition, he writes widely on the intersection of philosophy and popular culture, including such subjects as Seinfeld, Forrest Gump, The Lord of the Rings, Superheroes, Film Noir, and baseball, and is co-editor of Woody Allen and Philosophy (Open Court 2004) and the best-selling The Simpsons and Philosophy (Open Court, 2000).
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