Roderick Long

American philosopher

Why Is Roderick Long Influential?

Currently holding the title of Professor of Philosophy at Auburn University, Roderick Long is known for his work in left-libertarianism. Long earned a BA in philosophy at Harvard University in 1985 and a PhD in 1992. Long has also taught at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the University of Michigan, and the Institute for Humane Studies. Outside of teaching, Long is an editor with the Journal of Libertarian Studies and president of the Molinari Institute and Molinari Society.

Long’s work draws on Greek philosophy and Austrian philosopher Carl Menger; specifically the notion of praxeology, the conceptual analysis of human behavior and preference in an a priori sense. Building from the foundation, Long argues for what he terms “Libertarian anarchy,” and strongly supports unionization with the goal of ensuring worker rights and autonomy. Additionally, (and like Gary Chartier), Long rejects the State as an obstacle to human flourishing and promotes market anarchism. Long argues for privatizing the military, and non-interventionist foreign policy.

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