notes on malthuss principles of political economy

Notes on Malthus’s Principles of Political Economy By David Ricardo
Edited by Piero Sraffa with the Collaboration of M. H. Dobb


David Ricardo and T. R. Malthus shared an endearing friendship despite a contentious divergence of opinion on many political economic issues. This volume contains the formal remnants of their differences. Ricardo analyzes, issue-by-issue, his points of divergence to Malthus’s Principles of Political Economy. Malthus’s contributions to political economics generally concern his bleak forecast that a geometrically growing population would surpass the arithmetically growing capacity of essential natural resources.

o homem racional

O Homem Racional: Uma interpretação moderna da ética aristotélica De Henry Babcock Veatch


Prefácio e Bibliografia Comentada Douglas B. Rasmussen
Tradução Eduardo Francisco Alves

obras filosficas y polticas

Obras filosóficas y políticas Por Abû Nasr al-Fârâbî


Abû Nasr al-Fârâbî (ca. 871–950) puede ser considerado como el verdadero fundador del sistema filosófico árabe. Representante de la Falsafa, movimiento filosófico que floreció y maduró en el mundo islámico como continuación del pensamiento griego, sus Obras filosóficas y políticas provienen de la preocupación por las dificultades políticas en el Estado islámico y se destacan por el intento de introducir una consideración racional de la realidad en una sociedad estrictamente religiosa como la musulmana. Desde un espíritu reformador, al-Fârâbî propone un orden social, el ideal o virtuoso, en el que los ciudadanos puedan encontrar las mejores condiciones para que cada uno, en la medida de sus capacidades, logre su perfección última.

observations on the two sons of oil

Observations on “The Two Sons of Oil”: Containing a Vindication of the American Constitutions and Defending the Blessings of Religious Liberty and Toleration, Against the Illiberal Strictures of the Rev. Samuel B. Wylie By William Findley
Edited and with an Introduction by John Caldwell

American Founding American History

Observations on “The Two Sons of Oil” was written in 1811 in response to the Reverend Samuel B. Wylie’s work, The Two Sons of Oil, which was published in 1803. In this work of radical Presbyterian theology, Wylie pointed out what he considered to be deficiencies in the constitutions of both Pennsylvania and the United States and declared them to be immoral.

observations upon liberal education

Observations upon Liberal Education By George Turnbull
Edited and with an Introduction by Terrence O. Moore, Jr.

Natural Law and E...

Originally published in 1742, Observations upon Liberal Education is a significant contribution to the Scottish Enlightenment and the moral-sense school of Scottish philosophy.

of the nature and qualification of religion in reference to civil society

Of the Nature and Qualification of Religion in Reference to Civil Society By Samuel Pufendorf
Translated by Jodocus Crull (1698)
Edited and with an Introduction by Simone Zurbuchen

Natural Law and E...

Samuel Pufendorf’s Of the Nature and Qualification of Religion (published in Latin in 1687) is a major work on the separation of politics and religion. Written in response to the revocation of the Edict of Nantes by the French king Louis XIV, Pufendorf contests the right of the sovereign to control the religion of his subjects, because state and religion pursue wholly different ends. He concludes that, when rulers transgress their bounds, subjects have a right to defend their religion, even by the force of arms.

omnipotent government

Omnipotent Government: The Rise of the Total State and Total War By Ludwig von Mises
Edited by Bettina Bien Greaves


Published in 1944, during World War II, Omnipotent Government was Mises’s first book written and published after he arrived in the United States. In this volume Mises provides in economic terms an explanation of the international conflicts that caused both world wars. Although written more than half a century ago, Mises’s main theme still stands: government interference in the economy leads to conflicts and wars. According to Mises, the last and best hope for peace is liberalism—the philosophy of liberty, free markets, limited government, and democracy.

on history and other essays

On History and Other Essays By Michael Oakeshott
Foreword by Timothy Fuller

Political Thought

In five essays, including three on historiography, one of the greatest minds in English political thought in the twentieth century explores themes central to the human experience: the nature of history, the rule of law, and the quest for power that is intrinsic to the human condition. Michael Oakeshott believed, as Timothy Fuller observes, that “the historian’s effort to understand the past without ulterior motive [is the] effort which distinguishes the historian from all who examine the past for the guidance they expect it to provide about practical concerns.”

on liberty society and politics

On Liberty, Society, and Politics: The Essential Essays of William Graham Sumner By William Graham Sumner
Edited by Robert C. Bannister

Political Thought

William Graham Sumner is the “forgotten man” of American intellectual history. Too often dismissed or only superficially understood, his interpretations are now attracting closer scrutiny and appreciation. He is remembered chiefly as one of the founding fathers of sociology.

on power

On Power: The Natural History of Its Growth By Bertrand de Jouvenel
Foreword by D. W. Brogan
Translated by J. F. Huntington

Political Thought

Documenting the process by which government and controlling majorities have grown increasingly powerful and tyrannical, Bertrand de Jouvenel demonstrates how democracies have failed to limit the powers of government. Jouvenel traces this development to the days of royal absolutism, which established large administrative bureaucracies and thus laid the foundation of the modern omnipotent state.

on religion

On Religion: Considered in Its Source, Its Forms, and Its Developments By Benjamin Constant
Translated by Peter Paul Seaton Jr.
Introduction by Pierre Manent

Political Thought

This is the first full-length English translation of Benjamin Constant’s massive study of humanity’s religious forms and development, published in five volumes between 1824 and 1831. Constant (1767–1830) regarded On Religion, worked on over the course of many years, as perhaps his most important philosophical work. He called it “the only interest, the only consolation of my life,” and “the book that I was destined by nature to write.”

on temporal and spiritual authority

On Temporal and Spiritual Authority: On Laymen or Secular People On the Temporal Power of the Pope. Against William Barclay On the Primary Duty of the Supreme Pontiff By Robert Bellarmine
Edited, Translated, and with an Introduction by Stefania Tutino

Natural Law and E...

Robert Bellarmine was one of the most original and influential political theorists of his time. His writings present coherent definitions of the nature and aim of temporal authority and its relationship to spiritual authority.

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