The Freedom of Peaceful Action

The Freedom of Peaceful Action : On the Origin of Individual Rights

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The Nature of Liberty trilogy presents an ethical case for individual liberty, arguing from the philosophy of Ayn Rand and citing the findings of evolutionary psychology to demonstrate the compatibility between human nature and laissez-faire liberty. The first installment, The Freedom of Peaceful Action, makes the philosophic case that an approach starting from observational reason will indicate the practicality and ethical desirability of a free-market system based on more

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  • Hardback | 480 pages
  • 177.8 x 256.54 x 15.24mm | 1,156.65g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 4, 4 black & white illustrations, 3 tables, 1 graphs
  • 0739186663
  • 9780739186664

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In this ambitious work, Stuart Hayashi clearly, systematically, and accessibly articulates the secular, philosophical, and moral foundations of a free society based on the supremacy of individual rights in which each person has the opportunity to pursue his flourishing and happiness. The author explains these foundations in language that will be understandable to educated laypersons, college students, and concerned citizens who follow current political issues covered by the media. While discussing the compatibility of human nature and individual rights, he makes a compelling and unprecedented argument that particular theories from the field of evolutionary psychology are congruent with Objectivism's views on human nature, individual rights, morality, social relationships, and the nature and rules of a proper government (i.e., a limited night watchman state). Hayashi's book is a masterful feat of intellectual integration from various disciplines that builds on the work of Ayn Rand and other intellectual giants, past and present. -- Edward W. Younkins, Wheeling Jesuit University Stuart Hayashi has written a scholarly, thoroughly researched, and deeply intellectual defense of individual rights and capitalism. -- Andrew Bernstein, author of The Capitalist Manifesto: The Historic, Economic and Philosophic Case for Laissez-Faireshow more

About Stuart K. Hayashi

Stuart K. Hayashi has worked at the Hawaii State Capitol as a legislative analyst and aide in the governor's office and both legislative more

Table of contents

TABLE OF CONTENTS Acknowledgments Preface Part One-Inductive Reason: The Only Oracle of Man Ch. 1. Why Free-Market Advocates Need Objectivist Metaphysics and Rationally Inductive Epistemology Ch. 2. Inductive Reason Ch. 3. The Unity of Reality Ch. 4. Coming to Our Senses Ch. 5. Ascertaining Causal Connections Ch. 6. Absolving Absolutes from Ridicule Ch. 7. Contextual Absolutes Ch. 8. The Biological Basis of Morality Part Two-The Anatomy of Political Organization Ch. 9. The Rule of Peace Ch. 10. Reclaiming Liberalism Ch. 11. The Swarm of Voters Ch. 12. "The State of Nature" and the Nature of the State Ch. 13. The Invisible Gun Ch. 14. Regulation as Spoliation Ch. 15. Contracts, Real Versus Imaginary Ch. 16. By Definition, You Cannot Consent to Being Taxed Coercively Ch. 17. The Contractual Financing of the Ideal State Ch. 18. The Peaceful Sector and the Violence Sector Ch. 19. GODvernment Ch. 20. The Revolution Will Be Privatized Ch. 21. The Most Vital Privatization Ch. 22. Savage Predation Against Self-Ownership Ch. 23. Applying the Principles of Self-Ownership Bibliographyshow more