Jan Narveson

Jan Narveson

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Born 1936 (age 82–83)

Era Contemporary philosophy
Region Western philosophy
Main interests
Political philosophy
Notable ideas
Contractarian libertarianism

Jan NarvesonOC (/ˈnɑːrvɪsən/; born 1936) is professor of philosophy emeritus at the University of Waterloo, in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. An anarcho-capitalist and contractarian, Narveson's form of libertarian anarchism is deeply influenced by the thought of Robert Nozick and David Gauthier.

Biography [ edit ]

Narveson was born in Erskine, Minnesota, United States. He studied at the University of Chicago where he obtained a BA in political science and in philosophy; he then spent a year at the University of Oxford on a traveling fellowship before earning a PhD at Harvard University in 1961. His libertarian views have evolved from dissatisfaction with utilitarianism.[citation needed]

A prolific author, Narveson has written hundreds of essays, reviews and articles for publication. A critic of Marxism, he is also known at the University of Waterloo for taking part in many on-campus debates. In 2002 he published Respecting Persons in Theory and Practice (2002), a collection of his most influential essays spanning the length of his career. His most recent work is You and the State: A Short Introduction to Political Philosophy. Narveson is a long-time member of the Ontario Libertarian Party, and is currently a member of its Ethics Committee.

Apart from his libertarian work, he is the founder/president of the Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber Music Society, a long-running venue for classical chamber music.[1]

In 2003, Narveson was made an Officer of the Order of Canada by past Governor-General of Canada, Adrienne Clarkson.

Since 2006, Narveson has been president of the Institute for Liberal Studies.

Works [ edit ]

  • Morality and Utility, Johns Hopkins University Press, 1967.
  • Moral Issues, Oxford University Press, 1983.
  • Political Correctness: For and Against co-authored with Marilyn Friedman, Rowman & Littlefield, 1995.
  • Moral Matters, 2nd ed., Broadview Press, 1999.
  • The Libertarian Idea, Paperback edition (with new preface). Broadview Press, 2001. (Orig. pub.: Temple University Press, 1988)
  • Respecting Persons in Theory and Practice: Essays on Moral and Political Philosophy, Rowman & Littlefield, 2002.
  • You and the State, 2008.
  • This is Ethical Theory, Open Court, 2010.
  • Are Liberty and Equality Compatible?, Cambridge University Press, 2010.

Notes [ edit ]

  1. ^ "KWCMS".

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