Stefan Kolev/ Patricia Commun: Wilhelm Röpke (1899-1966) – A Liberal Political Economist and Conservative Philosopher

This volume provides a comprehensive account of Wilhelm Röpke as a liberal political economist and social philosopher. Wilhelm Röpke (1899-1966) was a key protagonist of transatlantic neoliberalism, a prominent public intellectual and a gifted international networker. As an original thinker, he always positioned himself at the interface between political economy Read more…

Daniel B. Klein/ Erik Matson/ Colin Doran: The Man within the Breast, the Supreme Impartial Spectator, and Other Impartial Spectators in Adam Smith’s ‘The Theory of Moral Sentiments’

Adam Smith infused the expression “impartial spectator” with a plexus of related meanings, one of which is a super-being, which normally would aptly take the definite article the, and which bears parallels to monotheistic ideas of God. As for any genuine, identified, human spectator of an incident, he can be Read more…

Carl Christian von Weizsäcker: Global-Soziale Marktwirtschaft und die Flüchtlingsfrage

Auslöser meiner Überlegungen ist die akute Flüchtlingskrise. Es spricht manches dafür, dass sich diese Krise nicht einfach mit einigen administrativen Maßnahmen der Zuwanderungsbeschränkung in kurzer Frist in Luftauflösen wird. Vermutlich ist sie Symptom für eine neue Welle der weltweiten Angleichung von Lebensbedin-gungen, die sich unter anderem in großen Wanderungen niederschlägt. Read more…

Fabian Wendt: Authority

From citizens paying taxes to employees following their bosses’ orders and kids obeying their parents, we take it for granted that a whole range of authorities have the power to impose duties on others. However, although authority is often accepted in practice, it looks philosophically problematic if we conceive persons Read more…

Fabian Wendt: The Sufficiency Proviso

A libertarian theory of justice holds that persons are self-owners and have the Hohfeldian moral power to justly acquire property rights in initially unowned external resources. Different variants of libertarianism can be distinguished according to their stance on the famous Lockean proviso. The proviso requires, in Locke’s words, to leave Read more…