Is Statism an Amoral Philosophy?

Studia Humana 9, 2 (2020), 121-26

6 Pages Posted: 14 Oct 2020

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Jakub Bożydar Wiśniewski

University of Wroclaw - Faculty of Law, Administration and Economics

Date Written: July 25, 2020


Thick moral terms – such as theft, fraud, and counterfeiting – are terms whose very use implies a definitionally necessary moral evaluation of their content. In this paper, I shall argue that the philosophy of statism – that is, a philosophy grounded in the belief in the normative justifiability and desirability of monopolistic apparatuses of initiatory violence – is necessarily amoral insofar as it cannot apply thick moral terms in a logically consistent manner. By the same token, I shall argue that libertarianism – i.e., the view that only consensual social relations are morally acceptable – is the only general sociopolitical doctrine capable of accomplishing this task, thus, in contrast to statism, making its prescriptions susceptible to genuine moral evaluation.

Keywords: libertarianism, statism, amoralism, metaethics

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Wiśniewski, Jakub Bożydar, Is Statism an Amoral Philosophy? (July 25, 2020). Studia Humana 9, 2 (2020), 121-26, Available at SSRN:

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