The Moral Philosophy of Social Cooperation
New Thinking in Political Economy series
Acknowledgements and Preface
PRELIMS 28/09/2000 15:25 Page 7 Acknowledgments and Preface I thank Peter Boettke, William Butos, and Mario Rizzo in particular for encouragement in bringing to fruition a project that dates back more years than I care to admit. At a crucial stage, Glen Whitman made valuable suggestions about arranging my chapters and chapter sections, already mostly drafted. I needed such advice, for I found myself wanting to postpone almost every topic until after covering almost all of the others. (Ethics resembles economics in being a subject whose individual parts can best be understood only against a background of the other parts. This fact requires a spiraling treatment, with some repetition.) I have followed most but not all of Mr Whitman’s advice, so he is not to blame for the organizational infelicities that remain. Nor is he to blame for the substance; for example, after some soul-searching, I disregarded his advice to omit the material now included as the appendix to Chapter 2. More broadly, I thank several cohorts of students at the University of Virginia and Auburn University (and one at UCLA) for their patience with and helpful reactions to parts of the material of this book presented in my Seminar in Political Economy. I similarly thank my listeners at talks at the University of Virginia, George Mason University, Auburn University, and conventions of the Southern Economic Association and International Atlantic Economic Society. Cato Institute and the International Atlantic Economic Society have very kindly encouraged me to draw on work...