Liberty, Games and Contracts: Jan Narveson and the Defence of Libertarianism

Liberty, Games and Contracts: Jan Narveson and the Defence of Libertarianism

By: Malcolm Murray (editor)Hardback

More than 4 weeks availability


Jan Narveson is one of the most significant contemporary defenders of the libertarian political position. Unlike other libertarians who typically defend their view with reference to natural rights or an appeal to utilitarianism, Narveson's main contribution has been to offer a philosophical defence of libertarianism based on a Hobbesian individualist contractarian ethic. Critiques of Narveson's contractarian libertarianism fall into three categories, those that reject contractarian moral theory, those that reject any link between contractarianism and libertarianism and those that accuse libertarians of conflating liberty with property. In this book Malcolm Murray brings together the most significant of Narveson's critics and presents their work alongside replies by Jan Narveson.

Create a review

About Author

Malcolm Murray is Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy, University of Prince Edward Island, Canada.


Contents: Biographical note on Jan Narveson; Introduction, Malcolm Murray. Part I Contractarianism: Some remarks on the foundations of libertarianism, E.J. Bond; Contracting justice, John T. Sanders; Is agreement enough?, Tibor R. Machan; Does scepticism beget libertarianism? A response to Narveson on reason, morality and politics, Leo Groarke; Contractarian education, Chris Tucker. Part II From Contractarianism to Libertarianism: The value of values: the importance of autonomy in contractarian reasoning, Susan Dimock; Simple games and complex ethics, Peter Danielson; Why contractarians are not libertarians ... evolutionarily speaking, Malcolm Murray; Getting the baseline right, Paul Viminitz. Part III Property and Liberty: Liberty, property and the libertarian idea, Ann Levey; Who owns me: me or my mother? How to escape Okin's problem for Nozick's and Narveson's theory of entitlement, Duncan MacIntosh; On original appropriation, Peter Vallentyne; Morality as an evolutionarily stable strategy: a naturalistic account of libertarianism, Grant A. Brown; Reconciling radicals: market contractarianism and fundamentalist utilitarianism, Sheldon Wein. Part IV Response: Social contract, game theory and liberty: responding to my critics, Jan Narveson. Bibliography; Index.

Product Details

  • publication date: 28/03/2007
  • ISBN13: 9780754656814
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 288
  • ID: 9780754656814
  • weight: 579
  • ISBN10: 0754656810

Delivery Information

  • Saver Delivery: Yes
  • 1st Class Delivery: Yes
  • Courier Delivery: Yes
  • Store Delivery: Yes

Prices are for internet purchases only. Prices and availability in WHSmith Stores may vary significantly