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Eric Mack, Department of Philosophy at Tulane University

Eric Mack

Professor Emeritus

Education

Ph.D. University of Rochester (1973)
B.A. Union College (1966)

Biography

Faculty Member

Murphy Institute of Political Economy

Academic Interests:

  • Political Philosophy
  • Ethics
  • Philosophy of Law
  • History of Political Theory

Books:

Selected Articles:

  • “Natural Rights,” Arguments for Liberty, ed. Aaron Powell (Washington, D.C: Cato Institute, 2017), 30-59.
  • "John Locke's Defense of Commercial Society," in Heath and Kaldis, Wealth, Commerce, and Philosophy (Chicago 2017)
  • "Elbow Room for Self-Defense," Social Philosophy and Policy (2016)
  • "Elbow Room for Rights," Oxford Studies in Political Philosophy, vol.1, no.1 (2015), 194-221.
  • "Robert Nozick's Political Philosophy," Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, (2014).
  • "Locke," Routledge Companion to Social and Political Philosophy, ed. by F. D'Agostino and G. Gaus, (London: Routledge, 2012) 71-8.
  • “Lysander Spooner: Nineteenth Century America’s Last Natural Rights Theorist,” Social Philosophy and Policy, v.29 no.2 (2012), 139-176.
  • “Friedrich Hayek on the Nature of Social Order and Law,” in Political Philosophy in the Twentieth Century, ed. C. Zuckert, (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011) 129-141.
  • “Nozickan Arguments for the More-Than-Minimal State,” in Cambridge Companion to Anarchy, State and Utopia, ed. R. Bader and J. Meadowcroft (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011) 89-115.
  • “The Natural Right of Property,” Social Philosophy and Policy, v.27 no.1 (Winter 2010), 53-79.
  • “What is Left in Left-Libertarianism?,” in Hillel Steiner and the Anatomy of Justice, ed. Steve DeWijze, Mathew H. Kramer, and Ian Carter (London: Routledge, 2009), 101-131.
  • “Individualism and Libertarian Rights,” in Contemporary Debates in Political Philosophy, edited by John Christman and Thomas Cristiano (Oxford: Blackwell, 2009), 121-136.
  • “Hayek on Justice and the Order of Actions,” in Cambridge Companion to Hayek, ed. E. Feser (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006) 259-286.
  • “Non-Absolute Rights and Libertarian Taxation,” Social Philosophy and Policy, v.23 no.2, (Summer 2006), 109-141.
  • “Prerogatives, Restrictions, and Rights,” Social Philosophy and Policy, v. 22 no.1 (Winter 2005), 357-393.
  • "Libertarianism and Classical Liberalism: The Liberty Tradition" (with Gerald Gaus), A Handbook of Political Theory, ed. G. Gaus and C. Kukathus (London: Routledge, 2004) pp. 115-130.
  • "The State of Nature Has a Law of Nature to Govern It," in Individual Rights Reconsidered, T.R.Machan, ed. (Stanford, CA: Hoover Institution, 2001) pp.87-112.
  • "Equality, Benevolence, and Responsiveness to Agent-Relative Value," Social Philosophy and Policy, vol.16 no.1 (Winter 2002) pp.314-341.
  • "Self-Ownership, Marxism, and Egalitarianism: Part I. Challenges to Historical Entitlement," Politics, Philosophy, and Economics, vol.1 no.1 (February 2002) pp.119-146.
  • "Self-Ownership, Marxism, and Egalitarianism: Part II. Challenges to the Self-Ownership Thesis," Politics, Philosophy, and Economics, vol.1 no.2 (June 2002) pp.237-276.
  • "Self-Ownership, Taxation, and Democracy: A Philosophical-Constitutional Perspective," in Politics, Taxation, and the Rule of Law D. Racheter, ed. (Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2002) pp.9-32.
  • "Problematic Arguments in Randian Ethics," Journal of Ayn Rand Studies, vol.5 no. 1 (Fall 2003) pp.1-66.
  • "In Defense of the Jurisdiction Theory of Rights," The Journal of Ethics, vol. 4 (2000), pp. 71-98.
  • "In Defense of Individualism," Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 2 (1999), 87-115.
  • "The Alienability of Lockean Natural Rights" in Persons and Their Bodies, ed. M.J. Cherry ( Kluwer, 1999), 143-176.
  • "Deontic Restrictions Are Not Agent-Relative Restrictions," in Social Philosophy and Policy (1998), 60-83.
  • "Right-Wing Liberalism, Left-Wing Liberalism, and the Self-Ownership Proviso" in Liberal Institutions, Economic Constitutional rights, and the Role of Organizations, ed. Karl-Heinz Ladeur (Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft, 1997), 9-29.