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These are “Open Philosophy” primary sources, edited and annotated by me, Brendan Lalor.

De Tocqueville’s “Democracy In America”

Tocqueville caricature by Honoré Daumier, 1849.

I hold it to be an impious and an execrable maxim that, politically speaking, a people has a right to do whatsoever it pleases, and yet I have asserted that all authority originates in the will of the majority. Am I then, in contradiction with myself? A general law—which bears the name of Justice—has been made and sanctioned, not only by a majority of this or that people, but by a majority of mankind. The rights of every people are consequently confined within the limits of what is just.

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Mill’s Harm Principle

"John Stuart Mill," by Mitch Francis
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Midgley, “Trying Out One’s New Sword”

Posted in Ethics, Philosophy, Texts

Wollstonecraft, “The Rights of Women”

Mary Wollstonecraft by John Opie (c. 1797)
Posted in Philosophy, Social & Political Philosophy, Texts

Plato’s Republic (reading four)

"Plato," by Mitch Francis
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Marx on Appearance and Reality of Markets

"Marx," by Mitch Francis
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Smith on Government Interference

Portrait of Adam Smith by John Kay, 1790
Posted in Philosophy, Social & Political Philosophy, Texts

Kropotkin’s “Mutual Aid”

Peter Kropotkin (circa 1900)
Posted in Philosophy, Social & Political Philosophy, Texts

Quine’s “Two Dogmas of Empiricism”

Quine's 1975 passport photo
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Descartes’ Discourse on Method

"Rene Descartes," by Mitch Francis
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Band names, Poems, & Blurbs

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