Libertarian Reader (Philosophy and society) by Tibor R. Machan

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17. In this discussion I restrict myself to discussing a "society" and do not separate government or the state tram other aspects of society. Thus, I leave aside tot the purposes of this paper the question between advocates of anarchy on the one hand and the minimal state on the other. In a full treatment I address this question as well. For a very helpful discussion of the problems involved see Tibor Machan, Human Rights and Human Liberties ( Chicago: 42 Nelson Hall, 5. -36DOUGLAS RASMUSSEN * Essentialism, Values and Rights: The Objectivist Case for the Free Society In his critique of Robert Nozick Anarchy, State, and Utopia, Samuel Scheffler notes that contemporary philosophers who choose to work within the natural rights tradition need to explicate their use of natural rights terminology.

IV, No. 2 Spring 1980, pp, 151-165. 16. I have attempted this much fuller account in a book length manuscript entitled Rational Individualism: A Moral Theory for which publishing negotiations are presently under way. 17. In this discussion I restrict myself to discussing a "society" and do not separate government or the state tram other aspects of society. Thus, I leave aside tot the purposes of this paper the question between advocates of anarchy on the one hand and the minimal state on the other.

This, of course, is the very point Aristotelian essentialism notes! It might seem paradoxical that the thinker most responsible for the demise of the -41analytic/synthetic division should see necessity as a function of analyticity. Yet, it must be remembered that Quine took logical truths to be necessary in virtue of their form (one way of viewing analyticity) and only objected to analytic truths when it came to defining them as propositions reducible to logical truths via synonyms. It was primarily the issue of synonymy that caused difficulty for the notion of analytic truth.

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