J. C. Lester

London School of Economics

Houghton Street

London, WC2A 2AE

United Kingdom

SCHOLARLY PAPERS

44

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332

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Ideas:
“  My research tends to be framed by the following triple methodology: philosophically explaining and defending libertarianism (an unpopular and misunderstood ideology); doing this using critical rationalism (an unpopular and misunderstood epistemology); and having an abstract—non-propertarian and non-normative—theory of libertarian liberty (an unpopular and misunderstood eleutherology). “Here I stand; I can do no other. [Philosophy] help me.” Mainstream private-property libertarianism—in its various forms—is severely philosophically confused. It conflates conceptions or theories of rights, consequences, property, and supporting ‘justifications’. And this is all without any theory of liberty (an eleutherology), which is as absurd as if utilitarianism were to have no theory of utility. Eleutherological-conjecturalist libertarianism corrects these errors.  ”

Scholarly Papers (44)

1.

Peter Singer’s 'Famine, Affluence, and Morality': Three Libertarian Refutations

Studia Humana, 9:2, 135-141.
Number of pages: 7 Posted: 25 Oct 2019 Last Revised: 24 Aug 2020
J. C. Lester
London School of Economics
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Peter Singer, famine, affluence, morality, libertarianism, criticism, refutation

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The Political Compass and Why Libertarianism is Not Right-Wing

Journal of Social Philosophy, Vol. 27 No. 2 Fall 1996, 176-86
Number of pages: 9 Posted: 05 Nov 2019
J. C. Lester
London School of Economics
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libertarianism, left-wing, right-wing, north-wing, personal-choice, property-choice, political compass, quiz

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Abortion and Infanticide: A Triple Libertarian and Critical-Rationalist Defence

Number of pages: 7 Posted: 25 Oct 2019 Last Revised: 04 Jun 2020
J. C. Lester
London School of Economics
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abortion, infanticide, libertarianism, critical rationalism, personhood, harm-infliction, defence

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Immigration and Libertarianism: Open Borders versus Directionalism

Number of pages: 9 Posted: 25 Oct 2019 Last Revised: 25 Sep 2020
J. C. Lester
London School of Economics
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immigration, libertarianism, open borders, directionalism

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Eleutherological-Conjecturalist Libertarianism: a One-Page Guide

Number of pages: 1 Posted: 08 Nov 2019 Last Revised: 14 Aug 2020
J. C. Lester
London School of Economics
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libertarianism, theory of liberty, critical rationalism, private property

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Against Against Intellectual Property: A Short Refutation of Meme Communism

Arguments for Liberty: A Libertarian Miscellany. Buckingham: The University of Buckingham Press, pp.148-154 (2016)
Number of pages: 5 Posted: 05 Nov 2019 Last Revised: 24 Nov 2019
J. C. Lester
London School of Economics
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libertarianism, intellectual property, Stephan Kinsella, meme communism

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The Disability Studies Industry

Arguments for Liberty: a Libertarian Miscellany. Buckingham, England: The University of Buckingham Press, pp. 83-94, 2016
Number of pages: 8 Posted: 07 Nov 2019
J. C. Lester
London School of Economics
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libertarianism, disability studies

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What's Wrong with 'What's Wrong with Libertarianism': A Reply to Jeffrey Friedman

Arguments for Liberty: A Libertarian Miscellany. Buckingham, England: The University of Buckingham Press, pp. 95-101 (2016)
Number of pages: 4 Posted: 05 Nov 2019
J. C. Lester
London School of Economics
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libertarianism, Jeffrey Friedman, anti-libertarianism

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The Heterodox ‘Fourth Paradigm’ of Libertarianism: An Abstract Eleutherology Plus Critical Rationalism

Journal of Libertarian Studies (Forthcoming)
Number of pages: 18 Posted: 04 Nov 2019
J. C. Lester
London School of Economics
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libertarianism, eleutherology, critical rationalism, liberty, philosophy

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Behind the Caricature: Reply to a Befuddled Author

Arguments for Liberty: A Libertarian Miscellany. Buckingham, England: The University of Buckingham Press, pp. 72-76 (2016)
Number of pages: 3 Posted: 08 Nov 2019
J. C. Lester
London School of Economics
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libertarianism, anti-libertarianism, Alan Haworth

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Give Me That Old-Time Justificationism … Not! A Reply to James R. Otteson’s Review of Escape From Leviathan

Number of pages: 5 Posted: 20 Feb 2020
J. C. Lester
London School of Economics
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libertarianism, critical rationalism, James R. Otteson

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IP, the NAP, and Pre-Propertarian Liberty: New-Paradigm Libertarian Replies to some Rothbardian Criticisms

Arguments for Liberty: A Libertarian Miscellany. Buckingham, England: The University of Buckingham Press, pp. 160-183 (2016)
Number of pages: 15 Posted: 08 Nov 2019
J. C. Lester
London School of Economics
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intellectual property, non-aggression principle, libertarianism

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Kymlicka on Libertarianism: a Response

Libertarian Papers 4, 2 (2012)
Number of pages: 15 Posted: 28 Oct 2019 Last Revised: 01 Nov 2019
J. C. Lester
London School of Economics
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libertarianism, Kymlicka, anti-libertarianism

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Civil Society and Civil Liberties: Two Statist Views Reviewed

Times Higher Educational Supplement, March 3, 1995
Number of pages: 2 Posted: 19 Nov 2019
J. C. Lester
London School of Economics
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civil liberties, libertarianism, Gellner

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A Reply to Frederick 2013: 'A Critique of Lester’s Account of Liberty'

Explaining Libertarianism: Some Philosophical Arguments. Buckingham, England: The University of Buckingham Press, pp. 155-199 (2014)
Number of pages: 27 Posted: 08 Nov 2019
J. C. Lester
London School of Economics
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libertarianism, Danny Frederick, theory of liberty

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The Uncogent Auxiliary Hypotheses of Gordon and Modugno: Reply to a Review

Explaining Libertarianism: Some Philosophical Arguments. Buckingham, England: The University of Buckingham Press, pp. 144-154 (2014)
Number of pages: 7 Posted: 08 Nov 2019
J. C. Lester
London School of Economics
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libertarianism, David Gordon, Roberta Modugno

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Nozick's Flawless Libertarianism? A Review of On Nozick by Edward Feser

Journal of Libertarian Studies 19 (3): 103-108 (2005)
Number of pages: 4 Posted: 08 Nov 2019
J. C. Lester
London School of Economics
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Nozick, Edward Feser

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A Critical Commentary on the Zwolinski 2013 'Libertarianism and Liberty' Essays

Explaining Libertarianism: Some Philosophical Arguments. Buckingham, England: The University of Buckingham Press, pp. 64-84 (2014)
Number of pages: 13 Posted: 07 Nov 2019
J. C. Lester
London School of Economics
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libertarianism, Zwolinski

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Libertarianism: An Extremely Short Introduction

Arguments for Liberty: A Libertarian Miscellany. Buckingham: The University of Buckingham Press, pp. 1-6 (2016)
Number of pages: 6 Posted: 05 Nov 2019
J. C. Lester
London School of Economics
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A Sceptical Look at 'A Skeptical Look at Karl Popper'

Arguments for Liberty: A Libertarian Miscellany. Buckingham, England: the University of Buckingham Press, pp. 102-107 (2016)
Number of pages: 4 Posted: 05 Nov 2019
J. C. Lester
London School of Economics
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Popper, Gardner, scepticism, skepticism

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Adversus 'Adversus Homo Economicus': Critique of the 'Critique of Lester’s Account of Instrumental Rationality'

Number of pages: 29 Posted: 08 Nov 2019
J. C. Lester
London School of Economics
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libertarianism, instrumental rationality, homo economicus, a priori instrumental rationality, self-interested utility-maximisation

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Right to Roam or Licence to Trespass?

Arguments for Liberty: a Libertarian Miscellany. Buckingham: The University of Buckingham Press, pp. 77-82 (2016)
Number of pages: 4 Posted: 07 Nov 2019
J. C. Lester
London School of Economics
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libertarianism, right to roam

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A Response to ‘Libertarianism and Pollution: The Limits of Absolutist Moralism’

Arguments for Liberty: A Libetarian Miscellany. Buckingham, England: The University of Buckingham Press, pp. 155-159 (2016)
Number of pages: 4 Posted: 05 Nov 2019
J. C. Lester
London School of Economics
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libertarianism, pollution, absolutist moralism, Zwolinski

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Tibor Foaming With Much Blood: A Reply to Tibor Machan’s Review of Escape From Leviathan

Number of pages: 6 Posted: 06 Jan 2020
J. C. Lester
London School of Economics
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liberty, libertarianism, Tibor Machan

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A Reply to Norman Barry’s Review of Escape from Leviathan

Number of pages: 5 Posted: 09 Dec 2019
J. C. Lester
London School of Economics
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libertarianism, review, reply

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The Augean Stables of Academe: How to Remove the Authoritarian Bias in Universities

Number of pages: 2 Posted: 04 Nov 2019
J. C. Lester
London School of Economics
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Academe, authoritarianism, libertarianism, free world

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A Plague on Both Your Statist Houses: A Commentary Concerning Justice

Simple Justice by Charles Murray with commentaries. Edited by David Conway, 2005
Number of pages: 6 Posted: 28 Oct 2019 Last Revised: 01 Nov 2019
J. C. Lester
London School of Economics
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libertarianism, restitution, retribution

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A Libertarian Response to Macleod 2012: 'If You’re a Libertarian, How Come You’re So Rich?'

Explaining Libertarianism: Some Philosophical Arguments. Buckingham, England: The University of Buckingham Press, pp. 95-105 (2014)
Number of pages: 7 Posted: 08 Nov 2019
J. C. Lester
London School of Economics
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libertarianism, Colin Macleod, rich libertarians

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An Attack on the Realm: A Review of In Defence of the Realm by David Conway

Journal of Libertarian Studies 20 (3): 81-89 (2006)
Number of pages: 5 Posted: 08 Nov 2019
J. C. Lester
London School of Economics
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nationalism, classical liberalism, libertarianism

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Arguing with 'Libertarianism without Argument': Critical Rationalism and how It applies to Libertarianism

Number of pages: 7 Posted: 08 Nov 2019
J. C. Lester
London School of Economics
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libertarianism, critical rationalism

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A Critical Commentary on Block 2011: 'David Friedman and Libertarianism: a Critique' and a Comparison with Lester [2000] 2012’s Responses to Friedman

Explaining Libertarianism: Some Philosophical Arguments. Buckingham, England: The University of Buckingham Press, pp. 106-143 (2014)
Number of pages: 22 Posted: 07 Nov 2019
J. C. Lester
London School of Economics
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libertarianism, Walter Block, David Friedman

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The Three Great Errors of Most Libertarians: a Concise Philosophical Analysis

Explaining Libertarianism: Some Philosophical Arguments. Buckingham, England: The University of Buckingham Press, pp. 1-6 (2014)
Number of pages: 4 Posted: 05 Nov 2019
J. C. Lester
London School of Economics
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libertarianism, errors, analysis

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Libertarian Rectification: Restitution, Retribution, and the Risk-Multiplier

Journal of Value Inquiry 34 (2/3): 287-297 (2000)
Number of pages: 8 Posted: 05 Nov 2019
J. C. Lester
London School of Economics
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libertarian, restitution, retribution

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Vallentyne 2010 and Zwolinski 2008 on 'Libertarianism': Some Philosophical Responses to these Encyclopaedia Articles

Explaining Libertarianism: Some Philosophical Arguments. Buckingham, England: The University of Buckingham Press, pp. 43-63 (2014)
Number of pages: 13 Posted: 05 Nov 2019
J. C. Lester
London School of Economics
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libertarianism, Vallentyne, Zwolinski

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A Critical Commentary on Kukathas’s 'Two Constructions of Libertarianism'

Libertarian Papers. 4 (2): 77-88 (2012)
Number of pages: 7 Posted: 05 Nov 2019
J. C. Lester
London School of Economics
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libertarianism, Kukathas, two constructions

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Some Critical Comments on Long 2013: 'Why Libertarians Believe There is Only One Right'

Explaining Libertarianism: Some Philosophical Arguments. Buckingham, England: The University of Buckingham Press, pp. 85-94 (2014)
Number of pages: 6 Posted: 07 Nov 2019
J. C. Lester
London School of Economics
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libertarianism, Roderick Long, rights

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Popper’s Epistemology Versus Popper’s Politics: A Libertarian Viewpoint

Journal of Social and Evolutionary Systems 18 (1): 87-93 (1995)
Number of pages: 5 Posted: 05 Nov 2019
J. C. Lester
London School of Economics
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Popper's epistemology, Popper's politics, libertarianism

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libertarianism, liberty, private property

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Libertarian Philosophy versus Propertarian Dogma: a Further Reply to Block

MEST Journal 9:1 (Forthcoming, January 15, 2021)
Number of pages: 26
J. C. Lester
London School of Economics
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political libertarianism, libertarianism, liberty, Walter Block, debate

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How Abstract Liberty Relates to Private Property: a One-Page Outline

Number of pages: 1
J. C. Lester
London School of Economics
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liberty, libertarianism, eleutherology, private-property

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Apriorist Self-Interest: How It Embraces Altruism and Is not Vacuous

Journal of Social and Evolutionary Systems, 20 (3): 221-232 (1997)
Posted: 08 Nov 2019
J. C. Lester
London School of Economics

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apriorism, self-interest, economics, libertarianism

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Liberty and the Political Compass (or How Left-Wingism Is Anti-Liberty)

Journal of Social and Evolutionary Systems 18 (3): 213-216 (1995)
Posted: 08 Nov 2019
J. C. Lester
London School of Economics

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liberty, libertarianism, political compass, left-wing

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Market-Anarchy, Liberty, and Pluralism

For and Against the State: New Philosophical Readings. John T. Sanders (Editor) and Jan Narveson (Editor), pp. 63-80 (1996)
Posted: 07 Nov 2019
J. C. Lester
London School of Economics

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market-anarchy, anarchy, liberty, libertarianism, pluralism

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Liberty as the Absence of Imposed Cost: The Libertarian Conception of Interpersonal Liberty

Journal of Applied Philosophy 14 (3): 277–288 (1997)
Posted: 05 Nov 2019
J. C. Lester
London School of Economics

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Other Papers (3)

Total Downloads: 7
1.

Anti-Libertarianism by Alan Haworth: A Book Review

Journal of Applied Philosophy 14: 92-93 (1997)
Number of pages: 2 Posted: 08 Nov 2019
J. C. Lester
London School of Economics
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Alan Haworth, anti-libertarianism, libertarianism

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A Damned Politician: A Dialogue Introduction to Libertarianism

Two Dialogues: Introductions to Philosophy and Libertarianism. Buckingham, England: The University of Buckingham Press (2017)
Number of pages: 30 Posted: 08 Nov 2019
J. C. Lester
London School of Economics
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philosophy, dialogue, politics, introduction, libertarianism

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The Philosophical Genie: A Dialogue Introduction to Philosophy

Two Dialogues: Introductions to Philosophy and Libertarianism. Buckingham, England: The University of Buckingham Press (2017)
Number of pages: 31 Posted: 08 Nov 2019
J. C. Lester
London School of Economics
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philosophy, dialogue, introduction