The Libertarian Idea
Narveson, Jan. 1992. The Libertarian Idea. Temple Univ Pr.
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- A Critique of Narveson's The Libertarian Idea [More...]
- "Despite having given us much food for thought and having described a more pragmatically appealing and credible kind of libertarianism than most radical writers, Narveson's claim to have provided a philosophically rigorous contractarian foundation for libertarianism must be rejected."
- Mike Huben and Taner Edis criticize Jan Narveson's "The Libertarian Idea".
- In 2001, I had an email exchange with Jan Narveson, where I detailed four major failings of his book/philosophy and appended some criticisms by Taner Edis (since I had permission to publish them.)
I don't like Narveson's "teutonic" approach (of purporting to build up a logically rigorous philosophical structure from fundamentals) because once the author makes a logical error in the exegesis (and every author I've ever read makes many) everything that follows is suspect... a teetering pillar which can too easily become a monument to folly.
Paul Birch, "A Critique of Narveson's The Libertarian Idea"