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October 26th, 2004
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Peter Saint-Andre can be quite eloquent: Hospersian Hysteria: An Intellectual Obituary

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Date:October 26th, 2004 10:12 am (UTC)
Wow. I'd not attended to what Hospers was doing these days. When last I thought of him (sometime within the last couple of months), I casually wondered if he were still alive.

I'd like to find an excuse in Hospers' age; he's 86 years old now. But, with the exception of the LP Statement of Principles, his writings on libertarianism were at best pedestrian. And the arguments that he presented often made me wince. (The Statement itself was more clear-headed after someone revised it.)

In the early 1990s, a friend who (qua professor of philosophy) was writing a review of the latest edition of Hospers' Human Conduct told me that the first edition (1961) was a classic, but that each subsequent edition had represented decline.

The second Libertarian Presidential nominee, Roger Lea Mac Bride, bailed on the LP when the third (Clark) wouldn't begin a full-time campaign upon nomination. Before the 1984 election, Mac Bride threw his lot in with John Anderson.
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