For and Against

By (author) Craig Duncan, Tibor R. Machan Foreword by Martha Nussbaum

Publication date:

21 July 2005

Length of book:

136 pages


Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

ISBN-13: 9780742542587

Libertarianism: For and Against offers dueling perspectives on the scope of legitimate government. Tibor R. Machan, a well-known political philosopher with libertarian convictions, argues for a minimal government devoted solely to protecting individual rights to life, liberty, and property. Stressing the sovereignty of each individual, Machan argues in favor of limiting democracy's scope and against the redistribution of wealth, or any other sort of taxation.

In opposition to libertarianism, philosopher Craig Duncan defends democratic liberalism, which aims to ensure that all citizens have fair access to a life of dignity. This requires measures to protect equality of opportunity, as well as measures to ensure all have access to a decent minimum standard of living. In a dynamic exchange of arguments, critiques, and rebuttals, the two philosophers cut to the heart of this important debate, articulating and defending competing conceptions of such core values as political freedom and equality.
<|>Libertarianism: For and Against<|> is a lucid introduction to a central debate in current political philosophy. The elegant format of the book is highly accessible and free of jargon, always conversational in tone without sacrificing rigor. I recommend this book for undergraduate political theory courses. Students will respond to the engaging discussions of contemporary political controversies. The book will stimulate lively classroom dialogue....