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Rothbard Graduate Seminar

July 28

Auburn, Alabama

The idea of freedom encompasses more than economics. It must also consider philosophy, law, religion, history, and culture. These were themes dealt with in the work of Murray N. Rothbard, who was surely one of the great creative forces in the history of libertarian ideas.

This seminar, designed for graduate students from a variety of disciplines, is devoted to examining Rothbard's contributions to political philosophy. The text under consideration in this conference is Rothbard's Ethics of Liberty. First published in 1982, and republished only recently by New York University Press with an introduction by Hans-Hermann Hoppe, this book has had a huge influence in forging the new libertarian intellectual movement. Rothbard pushes the boundaries of freedom to examine how a stateless society handles problems of law, punishment, culture, immigration, institutions, and much more. The book has been translated and published in many languages.

The program ends with a Mündliche Prüfung, an optional exam for an honors certificate.All events will take place at the Mises Institute, along with specially catered meals and evening receptions. All students will have week-long access to the library and computers. To apply go to the Student Scholarship Application. Deadline: July 1, 2002 (but the conference is likely to fill up long before)



Sunday July 28

10:00am-9:00pm (Central Time): Check-in at Commons Dorm
6:30-9:30pm: Registration and Reception at the Mises Institute (bus between dorm/AU Hotel/Mises Institute every half hour)

Monday July 29

  • 9:00-10:15am  Ethics: Nozick versus Rothbard (pp. xi-xxx; pp. 231-256) Hoppe        
  • 10:30-11:45am  Critics of Rothbard (pp. xxxi-xliii): Hoppe    
  • 12:00pm  Lunch    
  • 1:00-2:15pm  Natural Law and Reason (p. 3-16). Long   
  • 2:30-3:45pm  Natural Law and Positive Law (pp. 17-20). Kinsella    
  • 4:00-5:15pm Natural Rights (pp. 21-24; 113-120) Raico   
  • 5:30pm Dinner     
  • 7:00pm Piano Concert in Conservatory     
  • 8:00pm Reception

Tuesday July 30 

  • 9:00-10:15am  Task of Political Philosophy (pp. 25-28). Gordon    
  • 10:30-11:45am  Crusoe Social Philosophy (pp. 29-50). Salerno   
  • 12:00pm  Lunch    
  • 1:00-2:15pm  Property and Criminality (pp. 51-84). Hulsmann   
  • 2:30-3:45pm  Self Defense, Punishment, and Proportionality (pp. 77-96). Kinsella   
  • 4:00-5:15pm  Children and Rights (pp. 97-112) Block   
  • 6:00pm Dinner and discussion at Mr. Gatti's

Wednesday July 31 

  • 9:00-10:15am  Knowledge, Bribery, Boycotts (pp. 121-132) Block       
  • 10:30-11:45am The Theory of Contracts (pp. 133-154) Kinsella   
  • 12:00pm  Lunch     
  • 1:00-2:15pm  Rights of Animals (pp. 155-160). Long    
  • 2:30-3:45pm  Nature of the State (pp. 161-174). Hulsmann   
  • 4:00-5:15pm  Inner Contradictions of the State (pp.175-182) . Block   
  • 5:30pm Dinner     
  • 8:00pm Movie: Rob Roy  (Amphitheater)

Thursday August 1 

  • 9:00-10:15am Moral Status of Relations to and Between States (pp. 183-200). Hoppe   
  • 10:30-11:45am  Utilitarian Economics (pp. 201-205). Hulsmann    
  • 12:00pm  Lunch    
  • 1:00-2:15pm  Value Freedom in Economics (pp. 206-214). Salerno   
  • 2:30-3:45pm  Isaiah Berlin and F.A. Hayek on Freedom (pp. 215-256). Gordon   
  • 4:00-5:15pm  Rothbard on War (pp. 190-197). Raico   
  • 6:00pm Dinner and discussion at Mr. Gatti's

Friday August 2 

  • 9:00-10:15am  Toward a Theory of Strategy for Liberty (p. 257-276). Hoppe   
  • 10:30-11:45am New Issues in Libertarian Ethics. Long    
  • 12:00pm  Lunch    
  • 1:00-2:15pm  Ethics and Economics: The Current Debate. Salerno    
  • 2:30-3:45pm  The Unknown Rothbard. Stromberg   
  • 4:00-5:15pm  Rothbard' s Ethics in Economics and History: Raico   
  • 5:30-6:30pm  Mündliche Prüfung (optional exams for honors credit)   
  • 7:00-8:00pm  Closing Dinner    
  • 8:00pm  The Matrix (Amphitheater)  


A limited number of Observer spaces are available. The price of $675 includes all meals, lectures, and student materials. The price of housing is $20 per night at the student dorm (double-occupancy), and $72 per night at the Auburn University hotel. And there are many other places to stay as well.  Use this Member Observer registration form.  For questions, email pat@mises.org.

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