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I would like to thank my colleagues at the University of Guelph-Humber for the support they have shown in the process of fitting the writing of this book within the fulfillment of my academic administrative duties. A special thanks in this regard is due to John Walsh, the vice-provost at the University of Guelph-Humber, who has been nothing short of encouraging with regards to the pursuit of my...
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To delve into the contemporary literature defending capitalism is to meet with a dazzling array of supporting arguments. Most striking is the sheer diversity of approaches. One group insists upon the social benefits of capitalism. Another emphasizes capitalism’s accord with the ideals of human autonomy and dignity. Still another expatiates on its conduciveness to all kinds of individual...
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Were Cicero somehow able to come back from the dead and take in the current philosophic scene, he would surely find much that is different from the days he spent imbibing ancient Greek philosophy. There are not many thinkers around identifying themselves as Pythagoreans, Epicureans, Stoics, Cynics, or Pyrrhonians. True, a Cicero come back to life would come across a few Platonists and more than a...
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Capitalism is that condition in which people specialize in production activities and engage in voluntary exchanges of goods with one another. It is a mode of social cooperation. That being the case, the probabilistic outlook on capitalism to which Cicero can guide us will have to be culled from his writings on morality and politics. Both these phenomena, after all, help...
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Once the directive of social cooperation is accepted as the touchstone by which we are to frame our politico-economic institutions, the basic structure of morality comes more plainly into view. The morally right appears as the set of behavioral norms consistent with the logic of social cooperation, whether by promoting its mutual benefits or, at the very least, by not detracting from its capacity...
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The reader may have noticed that a crucial matter was left looming in my sympathetic treatment of natural law: God. The existence of a divine being supportive of justice forms an essential premise of the natural law teaching that Cicero adopts. In backing that teaching, then, do I not have to prove that there is a God...
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Defenders of capitalism are wont to think that their task is complete once they have defended capitalism—that is, once they have shown the superiority of that economic system in generating outcomes widely thought to be desirable. This list of outcomes will typically include material affluence, individual freedom, equal opportunity, and happiness. Once these are established, however, it is...
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Few occasions better demonstrate the mighty hold which the aversion against inequality has on the anti-capitalist mind than what happened after the fall of the Berlin Wall. Let us recall that, prior to this event, the proponents of socialism had put great emphasis on the argument that the economic system they favored would outperform capitalism in producing economic growth. Much of the support...
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Two subjects are mentioned in the title of this book: cooperation and excellence. Up to now, almost everything discussed has hinged upon cooperation. It was the criterion used to evaluate the inequalities of capitalist societies. It was the basis for deciding in favor of a mixed regime to serve as the political context for capitalism. It was a crucial consideration in the argument that capitalism...
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The argument of this book started with the claim that human reason is, as far as can be gauged at this point, unable to arrive at any kind of knowledge. Neither the information provided by our senses, the conclusions produced by our logical inferences, nor the judgments emanating from our moral valuations can be trusted. Now the attempt to ethically defend capitalism could have stopped right then...
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George Bragues is assistant vice provost and program head of business at the University of Guelph-Humber, Canada. He holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Boston College, an MBA from the Schulich School of Business at York University, along with an M.A. and B.A. (Hon.) in Political Science from the University of Toronto. His writings have...
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