CURRENT ISSUE:  Volume 41, no. 1 (Summer 2019), Full Issue available now; or access individual articles via our Archive.

Editor-in-Chief:  Shawn E. Klein

[Announcement: After serving for twelve years—first as Co-Managing-Editor and then as Co-Editor-in-Chief of Reason PapersCarrie-Ann Biondi has stepped down from her Co-Editor-in-Chief position. Demoting herself to Book Review Editor will allow her time to turn to other projects calling from the wings. Shawn E. Klein now serves as the Editor-in-Chief of Reason Papers.]

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Highlights from our Archives: Sadek J. al-Azm on the Arab Spring in Syria; William Glod on paternalism; Carrie-Ann Biondi on Tara Smith’s Virtuous Egoist; Stephen Kershnar on intrinsic value; Roderick Long on Hilary Putnam; Larry Sechrest on Hayek’s ‘Extended Order’; Randall Curren on Fred Miller’s Aristotle; Laurie Calhoun on Churchland’s eliminativism; Stuart Warner on Locke’s Second Treatise.

Special thanks to Stephan Kinsella for managing the PDF archives through 2013, and to Blake Barber for site management and moving us to a new server.

This page modified September 21, 2018 (CB)