Presentations

I regularly give lectures on topics such as classical liberalism, anarchism, the Austrian school and a wide diversity of other topics. Find them below. All presentations can be given both in Dutch as well as in English. Minimal length is 45 minutes, maximum is usually around one hour and fifteen minutes.

Classical Liberalism: An Intellectual Biography
This presentation starts with given a broad definition of classical liberalism, explains the relevance and content of this definition and then goes on to a series of authors and explains their philosophical arguments for classical liberalism. The relevant authors covered are Milton & David Friedman, Ludwig von Mises, Douglas Rasmussen & Douglas Den Uyl, Friedrich von Hayek, Jeffrey Friedman, James Buchanan, Murray Rothbard, Frank van Dun, Robert Nozick, John Tomasi and Jan Narveson. (Intermediate to advanced)

Introduction to the Austrian School
This presentation gives an overview of the uniqueness of the Austrian School. It starts with giving an history of the Austrian school and the historical context in which it originated. The presentation continues into epistemological and methodological issues. In the third part of the lecture we talk about the theory of economic calculation, the market process and the impossibility of socialism. In the fourth part of the lecture, we have a small discussion on different Austrian school authors (Mises, Hayek & Rothbard) and how they formulate normative views based on their understanding of the Austrian school. In the final part of the lecture we discuss a lot of modern contributions of contemporary austrian school authors. (This talk was originally a 2 hour interactive talk. It’s not hard to shorten it, but then certain parts will either be dropped or shortened.) (Between introductory and intermediate)

Anarchy, Law & Robust Political Theory
This presentation talks about the theory of anarchy, focusses specifically on the possibility of having an anarchist legal system. We start by discussing the requirements of a legal system (based on Lon Fuller’s ideas) and how this can be provided in an anarchist legal order. We then discuss the criticisms of both Robert Nozick and Tyler Cowen on an anarchist legal system. We finish with a small argument on the robustness of such a system. (Between intermediate and advanced)

Classical Liberalism as a Robust Political Philosophy
This talk starts with an overview of (my own, modest proposal to) a robust political philosophy. The central idea is to defend an idea of how philosophers should do political philosophy. The second part of the lecture talks about how classical liberalism is a (good) robust political philosophy. This part relies heavily on the knowledge problem as foundational for different kind of arguments within classical liberalism. (Between intermediate and advanced)

Knowledge Problem & Classical Liberalism: from ignorance to social order
This talk focusses on the fundamental problem of human ignorance/limited knowledge and talks about how it is still possible to have a flourishing social order. The key argument will be that classical liberal social rules can mitigate the negative effects of human ignorance and can maximize the usage of human knowledge where available. You could say that it’s an ‘economic’ argument for classical liberalism, but it’s a wider argument than the typical efficiency of markets argument, and also focusses on legal and political institutions. We talk about how the knowledge problem relates to moral, economic, political and legal issues. (Between introductory and intermediate)

Society as a discovery procedure
This talk focusses on the knowledge problem and focusses more on the economic aspects of the story relative to the previous talk. We talk about the economic problem, the market process based on economic calculation, economic intervention and form a conclusion. (Between introductory and intermediate)

An Intro to Classical Liberalism (as an introduction to a groupdiscussion)
This presentation is designed as a 15-20 minute presentation to introduce a discussion evening on classical liberalism where people be divided into small groups to then discuss the diverse aspects of classical liberalism. (Very introductory)

Classical Liberalism in 15 arguments
This talk is less a complete story but focusses on 15 different arguments for classical liberalism such as the relevant of private property, the difference between voluntary and coercion, the market process as a coordination mechanism, etc. (Very introductory)

Hayek’s Contributions to the Austrian School // Hayek’s Liberalism 
Two presentations that focus on Hayek’s own contributions to the Austrian School of economics as well as a lecture on Hayek’s unique vision of classical liberalism. (Introductory to intermediate)

The Austrian School & The Free Society: Mises, Rothbard, Hayek & Buchanan
This talk discusses in depth 4 different authors and their normative visions/arguments for a free society. We talk about their meta-ethical propositions, their ethical visions, the arguments, the implications and the criticisms of these views. (Intermediate to advance)

Workshop: Classical Liberalism
This isn’t a lecture, but it’s designed as a workshop. Based on this overview of classical liberal philosophers, different formats are possible. It’s not a lecture, but a discussion based format whereby we learn to appreciate the ideas in different ways.

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