The Ethics of Liberty

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The Ethics of Liberty
Paperback cover
Author Murray N. Rothbard
Country United States
Language English
Genre Political philosophy, Ethics
  • 1982 (Humanities Press)
  • 1998 (New York University Press)
Media type Print (Hardcover & Paperback) & e-book, audio-CD
Pages 336 (Online e-book edition)
ISBN 0-391-02371-3 (Paperback edition)
OCLC 7813705
323.44/01 19
LC Class JC585 .R69 1982

The Ethics of Liberty is a 1982 book by American economist and historian Murray N. Rothbard.


Rothbard provides an exposition of the libertarian political position. He argues for the case of freedom as a concept of natural rights and applies it to a variety of practical problems.


Hans-Hermann Hoppe, who wrote the introduction to later editions of the book, described The Ethics of Liberty as Murray Rothbard's second magnum opus, the other being Man, Economy, and State.[1]

University of San Diego philosophy professor Matt Zwolinski criticized the book, writing that Rothbard's discussion of self-ownership in chapter six "rests on a fundamental confusion between descriptive and normative claims."[2]

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