Political Theory

Liberty, Darwinism, and Political Economy


This colloquium explored the biological groundings of human behavior, and their implications for the evaluation of social and political institutions in fostering individual liberty.


Conference Readings

Darwin, Charles. The Descent of Man, and Selection in Relation to Sex. New York: Penguin Books, 2004.

Hayek, F. A. Law, Legislation and Liberty, Volume 1: Rules and Order [Phoenix series]. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1973.

Ridley, Matt. The Origins of Virtue: Human Instincts and the Evolution of Cooperation. New York: Penguin Group, 1998.

Rubin, Paul H. Darwinian Politics: The Evolutionary Origin of Freedom. Piscataway, New Jersey: Rutgers University Press, 2002.

Ruse, Michael and Edward O. Wilson. “The Evolution of Ethics.” New Scientist 108, no. 1478 (October 17 1985): 50-52.

Seabright, Paul. The Company of Strangers: A Natural History of Economic Life. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2004.

Singer, Peter. A Darwinian Left: Politics, Evolution, and Cooperation. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2000.