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Smith, George H. 1949-

Works: 58 works in 197 publications in 1 language and 6,016 library holdings
Genres: Controversial literature  History 
Roles: Author, Editor
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Most widely held works about George H Smith
Most widely held works by George H Smith
Atheism : the case against God by George H Smith( Book )

23 editions published between 1974 and 2016 in English and held by 1,004 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The author sets out to demolish what he considers the most widespread and destructive of all th emyths devised by man, the concept of a supreme being. With painstaking scholarship and rigorous arguments, he examines, dissects and refutes the myriad "proofs" offered by theists -- the defenses of sophisticated, professional theologians as well as the average religious layman. He explores the historical and psychological havoc wrought by religion in general -- and concludes that religious belief cannot have any place in the life of modern, rational man. THIS BOOK DOES NOT REFLECT THE VIEWS OF THIS COLLEGE AND ITS LIBRARY
Individualism : a reader by Marilyn Moore( )

6 editions published in 2015 in English and Undetermined and held by 822 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Individualism is one of most criticized and least understood ideas in social and political thought. Is individualism the ability to act independently amidst a web of social forces? A vital element of personal liberty and a shield against conformity? Does it lead to or away from unifying individuals with communities? Individualism: A Reader provides a wealth of illuminating essays from the 17th to the early 20th centuries. In 26 selections from 25 writers individualism is explained and defended, often from unusual perspectives. This anthology includes not only selections from well-known writers, but also many lesser-known pieces--reprinted here for the first time--by philosophers, social theorists, and economists who have been overlooked in standard accounts of individualism. The depth and complexity of ideas about individualism are reflected in the six sections in this collection. The first examines individuality generally, with the following five detailing social, moral, political, religious, and economic individualism. Throughout, individualism is analyzed and defended through the lenses of classical liberalism, free-market libertarianism, individual anarchism, voluntary socialism, religious individualism, abolitionism, free thought, and radical feminism. Both richly historical and sharply contemporary, Individualism: A Reader provides a multitude of perspectives and insights on personal liberty and the history of freedom
The American Revolution and the Declaration of Independence : the essays of George H. Smith by George H Smith( )

4 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 524 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Self-interest and social order in classical liberalism : the essays of George H. Smith by George H Smith( )

5 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 516 WorldCat member libraries worldwide


5 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 506 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Why atheism? by George H Smith( Book )

5 editions published between 2000 and 2003 in English and held by 382 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Why Atheism? tackles a wide range of subjects, some of which have never been thoroughly analyzed from an atheistic point of view. Beginning with the problem of atheism's credibility, Smith points out the various ways in which religious opponents have sought to exclude atheism from serious consideration. He also analyzes a number of classical philosophical issues, such as the nature of knowledge and belief, concluding that modern atheism is largely an unintended consequence of the religious diversity brought about by the Protestant Reformation." "Two chapters are devoted to ethics, one focusing on the ethics of belief with particular attention given to the views of Thomas Aquinas and John Locke. Other chapters discuss the persecution of religious dissenters as well as the nature and content of an ethical system devoid of belief in God. Smith's characteristic lucidity, analytical rigor, and piercing wit make Why Atheism? an accessible and enjoyable guide to living a positive life without belief in a supreme being."--BOOK JACKET
The system of liberty : themes in the history of classical liberalism by George H Smith( Book )

16 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 360 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book demonstrates a conceptual unity within the manifestations of classical liberalism by tracing the history of several interrelated and reinforcing themes"--
Common sense, Thomas Paine ; The Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson by George H Smith( Recording )

7 editions published between 1985 and 2007 in English and held by 206 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Discusses how the revolution grew out of a belief in the right to resist unjust laws. The 1st work explains Paine's basic political views; the 2nd work discusses how the Declarationf of Independence articulates the principals of the American revolution
On liberty by John Stuart Mill( )

11 editions published between 1986 and 2007 in English and held by 161 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On Liberty - John Stuart Mill advocated individual liberty based on a philosophical concept called utilitarianism, or "the greatest happiness for the greater number." This intellectual tradition rejects natural rights, such as those in Jefferson's Declaration of Independence. Despite beginning with a different theoretical foundation than natural rights proponents, Mill reaches a similar conclusion-that diversity in individual thought and action ultimately benefits society. Vindication of the Rights of Woman examines the tumultuous life of Mary Wollstonecraft and the social conditions against which she struggled. It explores her call for female independence against the backdrop of 18th Century England, the French Revolution, and the changing role of women. Mary Wollstonecraftt lived the life she advocated, defying accepted customs for female employment, marriage, and family life
The prince by Niccolò Machiavelli( )

8 editions published between 1986 and 2007 in English and held by 155 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Machiavelli wrote The Prince for his ruler as a guide for gaining and keeping power. Central themes of his essay are the relation between politics and ethics, what the best form of government consists of; the importance of the Church, and the growth of Italy as a nation-state. The word "Machiavellian" often suggests sinister motives, but some scholars question this traditional interpretation
Critics of state education by George H Smith( )

5 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 135 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Two treatises of government by John Locke( )

9 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 117 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Discusses the life of John Locke, the evolution of his ideas, the political conflicts in 17th century England which led to the writing of Two treatises of government. Examines the second treatise in detail
Civil disobedience, Henry David Thoreau ; The Liberator, William Lloyd Garrison by Wendy McElroy( )

3 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 82 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Civil Disobedience discusses Thoreau's arguments for civil disobedience-the deliberate violation of laws for reasons of conscience. Thoreau's concept is based on the belief that no law should command blind obedience, and that noncooperation with unjust laws is both morally correct and socially beneficial. The Liberator was a leading voice for abolitionism in the nineteenth century. Abolitionism called for the immediate emancipation of slaves, based on the principle that individuals own their bodies, labor, and the fruits of their labor. Abolitionists vigorously opposed gradualists, who called for phasing out slavery over a long period of time; they also opposed colonizationists, who wished to relocate former slaves in another country
The American Revolution by George H Smith( Recording )

14 editions published between 1989 and 2012 in English and held by 81 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Describes the historical context for the American Revolutionary war, and how it resolved or failed to resolve the forces that caused it. Part I examines the revolution in ideas which preceded and caused the war. Part II examines the American fight for independence against Great Britain that would last seven years
The wealth of nations by Adam Smith( )

5 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 78 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An Inquiry into the nature and causes of the wealth of nations is the foundation of classical economics, and it has influenced a broad range of thinkers. Smith stresses the importance of the division of labor to economic progress. He criticizes the arguments for economic planning and offers a detailed theoretical and historical case for free trade. The first tape in the set examines the basic problems addressed by Adam Smith in the context of the Scottish Enlightenment. This intellectual revival during the late 18th century produced many outstanding thinkers in addition to Smith, such as the philosopher David Hume. This book also discusses Adam Smith's general approach to philosophy and how The wealth of nations fits into that approach. The book covers some major themes in The wealth of nations, a lengthy and complex book. These include the division of labor, the idea of an unplanned social order (the famous "invisible hand"), Adam Smith's theory of economic value and its influence on later thinkers, and Smith's defense of free trade. Some of Smith's arguments are difficult to follow for the modern reader. The book explains Smith's major arguments in the order they appear in The wealth of nations, while providing the background necessary for comprehension. This book follows the five books of The wealth of nations and explains how their seemingly diverse themes related to Smith's general purpose. Far more than a work on economic theory, The wealth of nations contains philosophy, history, and political theory
Giants of political thought( Recording )

1 edition published in 1985 in English and held by 67 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explores the major arguments presented by Hamilton, Madison, and Jay in The Federalist papers, a series of 85 letters appearing in New York City newspapers between Oct. 1787 and Aug. 1788, urging support for the U.S. Constitution. Also contrasts these views with those of the Anti-Federalists. Features multivoice characterizations
The Constitutional Convention by George H Smith( Recording )

2 editions published between 1987 and 2006 in English and held by 55 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Assisted by a cast who speak the words of the founders of the Constitution, Cronkite tells of the Constitutional Convention and its debates over the document
The U.S. Constitution( Recording )

1 edition published in 1987 in English and held by 52 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Civil disobedience by Henry David Thoreau( Recording )

2 editions published between 1986 and 2006 in English and held by 37 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Originally entitled "Resistance to Civil Government," the classic libertarian essay on self-reliance advocating the active refusal to disobey unjust laws
The U.S. constitution( Recording )

1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 33 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Atheism : the case against God
Why atheism?On libertyThe princeTwo treatises of governmentThe American RevolutionGiants of political thoughtThe Constitutional ConventionThe U.S. Constitution
Alternative Names
George H. Smith

George H. Smith American philosopher

George H. Smith Amerikaans filosoof

George H. Smith filósofo estadounidense

George H. Smith filosofo statunitense

George H. Smith philosophe américain

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