Gene Callahan State University of New York (SUNY)
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  1. Gene Callahan & Leslie Marsh (2014). Themed Issue on Oakeshott. Cosmos + Taxis 1 (3).
  2. Gene Callahan (2013). Liberty Versus Libertarianism. Politics, Philosophy and Economics 12 (1):48-67.
    This paper aims to persuade its reader that libertarianism, at least in several of its varieties, is a species of the genus Michael Oakeshott referred to as ‘rationalism in politics’. I hope to demonstrate, employing the work of Oakeshott, as well as Aristotle and Onora O’Neill, how many libertarian theorists, who generally have a sincere and admirable commitment to personal liberty, have been led astray by the rationalist promise that we might be able to approach deductive certainty concerning the 'correctness' (...)
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  3. Gene Callahan (2012). Winch on Following a Rule: A Wittgensteinian Critique of Oakeshott. Collingwood and British Idealism Studies 18 (2):167-175.
    Peter Winch famously critiqued Michael Oakeshott's view of human conduct. He argued that Oakeshott had missed the fact that truly human conduct is conduct that 'follows a rule.' This paper argues that, as is sometimes the case with Oakeshott, what seems, on the surface, to be a disagreement with another, somewhat compatible thinker about a matter of detail in some social theory in fact turns out to point to a deeper philosophical divide. In particular, I contend, Winch, as typical of (...)
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  4. Gene Callahan (2010). Is There a Distinct and Valid Libertarian Form of Historical Understanding? Journal of Libertarian Studies 22:294-308.
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  5. Gene Callahan (2009). History is Not Historicism. Critical Review 21 (4):467-474.
    ABSTRACT Nassim Taleb?s dismissal of history as based on the ?narrative fallacy??which reads our present knowledge of past events into our reconstruction of the past?is based on a fundamental misconception of what historians actually do. Historians do not, as Taleb presumes, try to infer general, predictive laws from ?hard? facts, as do natural scientists; instead their aim is to discover the causes of unique historical facts among antecedent facts. This is no different, in principle, from ?narrating? the cause of a (...)
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  6. Gene Callahan (2008). Economics and Its Modes. Collingwood and British Idealism Studies 14 (2):128-157.
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  7. Gene Callahan (2007). Ideal Types and the Historical Method. Collingwood and British Idealism Studies 13 (1):53-68.
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  8. Gene Callahan (2006). The Necessity of the a Priori in Science. Critical Review 18 (4):417-429.
    Jeffrey Friedman has attempted to make a case for limiting state social engineering that is based on the skeptical epistemology of Sir Karl Popper. But Popper's epistemology is flawed, both in its rejection of a priori theorizing and its insistence on empirical falsification rather than confirmation. Classical liberalism of the sort that Friedman advocates requires, as its basis, positive knowledge of economics and social reality?not Popperian skepticism.
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  9. Gene Callahan & Robert P. Murphy (2006). Hans-Herman Hoppe's Argumentation Ethic: A Critique. Journal of Libertarian Studies 20 (2):53-64.
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  10. Walter Block & Gene Callahan (2003). Is There a Right to Immigration?: A Libertarian Perspective. [REVIEW] Human Rights Review 5 (1):46-71.
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  11. Gene Callahan & Andreas Hoffman, The Idea of a Social Cycle.
    The paper aims to explore what it means for something to be a social cycle, for a theory to be a social cycle theory, and to offer a suggestion for a simple, yet, we believe, fundamentally grounded schema for categorizing them. We show that a broad range of cycle theories can be described within the concept of disruption and adjustments. Further, many important cycle theories are true endogenous social cycle theories in which the theory provides a reason why the cycle (...)
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