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Aeon Skoble

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Aeon J. Skoble is Professor of Philosophy at Bridgewater State University.  He is the author of Deleting the State: An Argument about Government (Open Court, 2008), the editor of Reading Rasmussen and Den Uyl: Critical Essays on Norms of Liberty (Lexington Books, 2008), and co-editor of Political Philosophy: Essential Selections(Prentice-Hall, 1999) and Reality, Reason, and Rights (Lexington Books, 2011). 

Besides his academic work, he has frequently lectured and written for the Institute for Humane Studies and the Foundation for Economic Education, and he is a Senior Fellow at the Fraser Institute. His main research includes theories of rights, the nature and justification of authority, and virtue ethics.  In addition, he writes widely on the intersection of philosophy and popular culture, among other things co-editing the best-selling The Simpsons and Philosophy (Open Court, 2000) and three other books on film and television.

Aeon Skoble's Articles

Yet Another Comically Bad Caricature of Libertarianism

Libertarians are accustomed to straw-man attacks, but Jacobin didn't even attempt to accurately describe libertarianism. Let's rip this apart line by line.

- October 06, 2016

Plato Wasn’t Fully Liberal but Nor Was He a Totalitarian

Plato's Republic was not a blueprint but rather a thought experiment on justice. In other writings, he celebrated human freedom.

- September 25, 2016

A Libertarian Defense of Tenure

Tenure protects academic freedom and minority viewpoints from left-wing conformity.

Three Books, One Island: Aeon J. Skoble

Remember the old thought experiment? “If you were starting over on an island and you had one book, what would it be?” With this new feature, we'll let really interesting people play the game. In our version, however, we'll let the author discuss three books: one recent book, one timeless book, and one book that challenges his or her world view.  

The Editors

- January 10, 2013

Freedom and Language

- September 01, 1996

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