Evidence from psychology and history teaches two main lessons about authority: (a) that human beings have a variety of strong, pro-authority biases, and (b) that socially recognized authority is an extremely dangerous phenomenon.
To illustrate a point in his talk, Mr. Huemer plays a 1 minute 35 second excerpt from a BBC Horizon broadcast, ‘How Violent Are You?’ which originally aired in 2009.
Michael Huemer is tenured professor of philosophy at the University of Colorado and a rising star in the liberty movement. He has authored three books that are well-regarded among leading libertarian intellectuals: Skepticism and the Veil of Perception (2001), Ethical Intuitionism (2005), and The Problem of Political Authority (2013). At Colorado, Prof. Huemer teaches courses in ethics, social philosophy, logic, epistemology, philosophy of science, and metaphysics. He received his BA from UC Berkeley in 1992 and PhD in philosophy from Rutgers University in 1998.
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