Libertarianism: For and Against offers dueling perspectives on the scope of legitimate government. Tibor R. Machan, a well-known libertarian philosopher, argues for a minimal government devoted solely to protecting individual rights to life, liberty, and property. Against this view, philosopher Craig Duncan defends democratic liberalism, which aims to ensure that all citizens have fair access to a life of dignity. In a dynamic exchange of arguments, the two philosophers cut to the heart of this important debate.
Craig Duncan is assistant professor of philosophy at Ithaca College, New York. Tibor R. Machan is R. C. Hoiles Professor of Business Ethics and Free Enterprise at Chapman University, California.
Chapter 1 Acknowledgements Chapter 2 Foreword Chapter 3 A Note to Readers Part 4 Part 1 Chapter 5 The Case for Libertarianism: Sovereign Individuals Chapter 6 The Errors of Libertarianism Chapter 7 Fairness-or Equality-is no Imperative Part 8 Part 2 Chapter 9 Democratic Liberalism: The Politics of Dignity Chapter 10 The Follies of Democratic "Liberalism" Chapter 11 Democratic Liberalism Defended Chapter 12 Index