Professor of Philosophy
105 Newcomb Hall
New Orleans, LA 70118
Eric Mack (Ph.D., University of Rochester) is a Professor of Philosophy and the author of John Locke (London: Continuum Press, 2009). Professor Mack’s primary philosophical interests are in the foundation of moral rights, property rights and distributive justice, and the legitimate scope of coercive institutions. He has related interests in doctrines of negative responsibility, just war theory, anti-positivist conceptions of law, retributivism, philosophical anarchism, and the history of libertarian thought. He has received grants from NEH, the Earhart Foundation, the Center for Social Philosophy and Policy, and the Bradley Foundation.
Books and Edited Volumes
John Locke (London: Continuum Press, 2009).
Auberon Herbert, Right and Wrong of Compulsion by the State, and Other Essays, ed. Eric Mack. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, Inc., 1978.
Herbert Spencer, Man vs. the State: with Six Essays on Government, Society, and Freedom, ed. Eric Mack. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, Inc., 1982.
Selected Recent Articles
“John Locke’s Defense of Commercial Society,” forthcoming in Wealth, Commerce, and Philosophy, ed. E. Heath and B. Kaldis, University of Chicago Press.
Lysander Spooner: Nineteenth Century America’s Last Natural Rights Theorist, Social Philosophy and Policy, vol. 29, no.2 (July 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 The Cambridge Companion to Nozick’s Anarchy, State and Utopia, ed. R. Bader and J. Meadowcroft (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011) 89-115.
“The Natural Right of Property,” in 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, ed. John Christman and Thomas Cristiano (Oxford: Blackwell, 2009) 121-136.
“Scanlon as Natural Rights Theorist,” Politics, Philosophy, and Economics, vol.6, no.1 (Winter 2007) 45-73.
“Hayek on Justice and the Order of Actions,” in The Cambridge Companion to Hayek, ed. E. Feser (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006) 259-286.
“Non-Absolute Rights and Libertarian Taxation,” Social Philosophy and Policy, vol. 23, no. 2 (Summer 2006) 109-141.
“Prerogatives, Restrictions, and Rights,” Social Philosophy and Policy, vol.22 no.1 (Winter 2005) 357-393.
“Libertarianism and Classical Liberalism” (with Jerry Gaus), A Handbook of Political Theory, ed. J. Gaus and C. Kukathus (London: Sage, 2004) 115-129.
“Self-Ownership, Marxism, and Egalitarianism: Part II. Challenges to the Self-Ownership Thesis,” Politics, Philosophy, and Economics, vol.1, no.2 (June 2002) 237-276.
“Self-Ownership, Marxism, and Egalitarianism: Part I. Challenges to Historical Entitlement,” Politics, Philosophy, and Economics, vol.1, no.1 (February 2002) 119-146.