Book Description for The Free Market Existentialist:
THE FREE MARKET EXISTENTIALIST is unique because it is the first existentialist defense of libertarianism, bringing together two approaches that traditionally have been viewed as incompatible. Existentialists emphasize the importance of subjectively choosing one’s values and determining the meaning of one’s life. Libertarians champion strong property rights and the individual’s prerogative to live in any way that does not cause harm to others. Ultimately, individualism is the link between existentialism and libertarianism, producing a philosophy that values freedom and a corresponding responsibility.
THE FREE MARKET EXISTENTIALIST reveals:
· Why existentialism is the ideal balancing agent, the perfect partner for capitalism, allowing us to reap the benefits of a free market while encouraging us to resist crass consumerism.
· Why a free market existentialist must take the responsibility to choose work that he or she finds meaningful rather than aimlessly drifting into work that is alienating.
· Why the income tax is tantamount to theft and should be repealed. Instead, an “equal tax” policy is a better alternative, wherein the state is conceived as a club in which members pay equal dues for equal benefits.
· How evolutionary theory fits with existentialism to help us confront the “final delusion” of objective values.
· How love and law can largely replace the motivating role of conventional morality.
Not ending a debate but aiming to start one, Irwin proposes free market existentialism as a new competitor in the marketplace of ideas.
In clear and accessible prose, The Free Market Existentialist begins an important conversation for the 21st century that will be of interest to scholars, students, and the general public alike.
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William Irwin is Herve A. LeBlanc Distinguished Service Professor and Chair of Philosophy at King’s College in Pennsylvania. He is the author of Intentionalist Interpretation and scholarly articles on Sartre, Nietzsche, and Heidegger. Irwin originated the philosophy and popular culture genre of books with Seinfeld and Philosophy in 1999 and is currently the General Editor of The Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture series.
I was not really sure what this book was going to be about, I was curious about and decided to give it a try. I definitely learned a lot. There is a lot of information in this book that I had to read over twice and take my time with, however it was well worth it to digest all that the author was saying. I liked that the author used notes on where he got he based his opinions on and he also did a great job of quoting other works and explaining them. This book is a great resource for me because I do not know that much about the subject, nor the different opinions. The Index at the end of the book is great if I ever have questions on the topic. I am giving this book a 3/5. I was given a copy to review, however all opinions are my own.