The liberated beast : evolution and liberty
Hall, Lauren K., 1980-
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This dissertation attempts to create a justification of liberty from an evolutionary perspective. I argue that the classical liberal institutions of rule of law, private property, and the private sphere fulfill natural human desires while creating a spontaneous order in which cooperation can flourish. These classical liberal institutions are good for humans because they satisfy our evolved human nature. This human nature has evolved primarily through natural selection. It is complex and yet predictable if one understands the environments in which we evolved. Human nature will include both universal desires and patterned variability in those desires.