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A roundup of the Volokh Conspiracy symposium on the "Routledge Handbook of Libertarianism"


Over the last week, the Volokh Conspiracy has hosted a symposium of contributors to the newly published Routledge Handbook of Libertarianism (edited by Jason Brennan, Bas van der Vossen, and David Schmidtz). The book is the most wide-ranging introduction to libertarian political thought published in a long time. It incorporates contributions by both defenders and critics of libertarian ideas, including scholars from many different countries. I believe the book will be of value to anyone seriously interested in libertarian thought, whether you are a libertarian yourself or not.

The symposium includes only a subset of the contributors to the book (others were unwilling or unable to take part). But it's a good representative sampling. This post has links to the all the previous posts in the series, so that readers can conveniently access them. Here they are:

Ilya Somin, "Volokh Conspiracy Symposium on the 'Routledge Handbook of Libertarianism' "(my introduction to the symposium)

Jason Brennan, "Introduction to the 'Routledge Handbook of Libertarianism'" (a brief overview of the book by one of its editors)

Christopher Freiman, "Libertarianism, Selfishness, and Public Goods"

Richard W. Miller, "Learning from Libertarianism: Thanks from an Unrepentant Social Democrat"

John Thrasher, "Libertarianism and Contractarianism"

Ilya Somin, "How Political Ignorance Strengthens the Case for Libertarianism"

Javier Hidalgo, "The Libertarian Case for Open Borders"

Jessica Flanigan, "Libertarianism and Medicine"

Thomas Mulligan, "Libertarianism vs. Meritocracy"

Fabian Wendt, "Libertarian Property Rights and the Lockean Sufficiency Proviso"

Ryan Muldoon, "Reasons to Tolerate"

Jahel Queralt, "Economic Liberties are also the Liberties of the Poor"

Hillel Steiner, "Free Markets and Exploitation"