Degree Type

Honors Capstone Project

Date of Submission

Spring 5-1-2013

Capstone Advisor

Professor Elizabeth Cohen

Honors Reader

Professor Jerry Evensky

Capstone Major

Political Science

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Capstone Prize Winner


Won Capstone Funding


Honors Categories

Social Sciences

Subject Categories

Ethics and Political Philosophy | Political Science | Political Theory


This study examines the true nature of libertarian political philosophy, avoiding reductive arguments and attempting to present these positions in a holistic manner that cuts to the core of what distinguishes this philosophy as being unique. The study then challenges the libertarian claim that many highly praised and well-respected historic political and economic philosophers are their philosophical antecedents.

The study examines the political philosphies of Classical Liberal thinkers and well-respected economists, presenting their positions in the same holistic manner and avoiding any selective quoting that serves only to oversimply the complexity of their arguments. The challenge of the study will be to effectively extract the core meaning and logic in the texts examined, and contrast those meanings to the libertarian position.

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