Journal of Libertarian Studies

The Philosophy of Immigration

The Journal of Libertarian Studies

In recent years, with the increasing respectability of “applied philosophy” in the academic world, more and more philosophers have been writing extended treatments of specific public issues and offering recommendations as to how, morally speaking, these issues should be resolved. This essay shall review the state of the debate about one rather narrow issue that has just begun to receive some of this attention-the ethics of immigration restriction.

Volume 8, Number 1 (1986)


Hudson, James L “Philosophy of Immigration.” Journal of Libertarian Studies 8, No. 1 (1986): 51–62.

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