Advanced Topics in Liberty

Moral Foundations of Liberty

Conference for Professionals - Dec 6-8, 2013

Discussion Leader: Mark LeBar

Session I - Discussion: Social Cooperation

Mises, Ludwig von. Human Action, Volume 1: A Treatise on Economics. Edited by Bettina Bien Greaves. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, 2007. Part 2, Chapter 8, Section 1, “Human Cooperation” (pages 143–145), and Section 4, “The Ricardian Law of Association” (pages 159–164).

Smith, Adam. An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations, Volume I. Edited by R. H. Campbell and A. S. Skinner. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, Inc., 1982. Book I, Chapter I, “Of the Division of Labour” (pages 13–24), Chapter II, “Of the Principle which gives occasion to the Division of Labour” (pages 25–30), and Chapter III, “That the Division of Labour is limited by the Extent of the Market” (pages 31–36).

Session II - Discussion: Social Interests, Individual Interests

Smith, Adam. The Theory of Moral Sentiments. Edited by D. D. Raphael and A. L. Macfie. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, Inc., 1982. Part I, Section I, Chapter I, “Of Sympathy” (pages 9–13), Chapter II, “Of the Pleasure of Mutual Sympathy” (pages 13–16), Chapter III, “Of the Manner in Which we Judge of the Propriety or Impropriety of the Affections of Other Men, by their Concord or Dissonance with our Own” (pages 16–19), Chapter IV, “The same subject continued” (pages 19–23), and Chapter V, “Of the Amiable and Respectable Virtues” (pages 23–26).

Hume, David. A Treatise of Human Nature. Edited by David Fate Norton and Mary J. Norton. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000. Selections from Part 2, “Of Justice and Injustice”, Section 1–5 (pages 307–337).

Session III - Discussion: Order and the Individual

Hayek, F. A. Law, Legislation and Liberty, Volume 1: Rules and Order [Phoenix Edition]. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1973, 1978. “Introduction” (pages 1–7), selections from Chapter 1, “Reason and Evolution” (pages 8–24) and Chapter 2, “Cosmos and Taxis” (pages 35–54).

Session IV - Discussion: The Morality of Markets

Acton, H. B. The Morals of Markets and Related Essays. Edited by David Gordon and Jeremy Shearmur. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, Inc., 1993. Chapter 3, “The Ethics of Competition” (pages 67–98).

Hazlitt, Henry. The Foundations of Morality (Third Edition). Irvington-on-Hudson: Foundation for Economic Education, Inc., 1998. Chapter 8, “The Need for General Rules” (pages 53–61) and Chapter 9, “Ethics and Law” (pages 62–69).

Session V - Discussion: Liberty and Development

Easterly, William and Ross Levine. “Africa’s Growth Tragedy: Policies and Ethnic Divisions.” The Quarterly Journal of Economics 112, No. 4 (November 1997): 1203–1250.

North, Douglass C. “Institutions, Ideology, and Economic Performance.” Cato Journal 11, no. 3 (Winter 1992): 477–488.

Session VI - Discussion: Private Property and Civil Society

Alchian, Armen A. and Harold Demsetz. “The Property Rights Paradigm.” Journal of Economic History 33, no. 1 (March 1973): 16–27.

Locke, John. Two Treatises of Government (Student Edition). Edited by Peter Laslett. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1988. Chapter V, “Of Property” (pages 285–302).