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Douglas B. Rasmussen

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Defending Liberty: Essays in Honor of David Gordon


David Gordon is a powerful intellectual champion for liberty and he does it with wisdom and and his own unique style, and we have all benefited by it. All of the essays in the Festschrift seek to explain and defend liberty, and in so doing, honor the work and live of David Gordon.
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Rothbard’s Account of the Action Axiom: A Neo-Aristotelian-Thomistic Defense


03/25/2021Mises Media
In this plenary address from the 2021 Austrian Economic Research Conference, Douglas B. Rasmussen speaks on some of the philosophical principles behind Rothbard's work with the action axiom.
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In Defense of Natural End Ethics: A Rejoinder to O'Neil and Osterfeld

Monetary TheoryPhilosophy and Methodology

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
Patrick M. O'Neil and David Osterfeld have offered some criticisms of our natural end interpretation and defense of Rand's ethics. This essay is a rejoinder to these criticisms. It consists of two parts: (I)a reply to O'Neil and (II)a reply to Osterfeld. In the case of the latter, we will confine...


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A Groundwork for Rights: Man's Natural End

Philosophy and Methodology

07/30/2014The Journal of Libertarian Studies
Murray Rothbard, in a paper entitled "The Ethics of Liberty," argued that the standard for moral goodness is set by man's nature. Whatever fulfills the nature of a living thing is good, and whatever diminishes the nature of a living thing is bad. When the living thing in question is a human being...


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