Anarchy, state, and utopia

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Basic Books, 1974 - Political Science - 367 pages
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Review: Anarchy, State, and Utopia

User Review  - Brian - Goodreads

Much is said already about this book, so I'll try to be brief. First of all, this book is at times quite funny . Yes, Nozick easily loses his readers in his symbolic logic. But when he starts on one ... Read full review

Review: Anarchy, State, and Utopia

User Review  - Victor Wu - Goodreads

More like 4.5 stars. 5 stars for style, 4 stars for argument. In brief, ASU was one of the most engaging works of philosophy I have yet read, very methodically and clearly argued with a refreshing ... Read full review

Contents

GROUND 3
3
The State of Nature
10
Moral Constraints and the State
26
Copyright

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About the author (1974)

Educated at Columbia and Princeton universities, Robert Nozick is Arthur Kingsley Porter Professor of Philosophy at Harvard University. He rose to eminence in the last quarter of the twentieth century as a creative philosopher who has expressed philosophical truths beyond the reach of analytic argumentation. Honed in the technical intricacies of analytic philosophy, he has nonetheless restored meditation to its proper place in the philosophical canon. Nozick's first book, Anarchy, State and Utopia (initially published in 1974), won the National Book Award in 1975 and became the fundamental text of the Libertarian movement. Nozick's second book, Philosophical Explanations, was given the Ralph Waldo Emerson Award of Phi Beta Kappa in 1982. It covers a wide range of basic philosophical topics: the question why there is something rather than nothing, the identity of the self, knowledge and skepticism, free will, the foundation of ethnics, and the meaning of life. Nozick abandons philosophical proof or argumentation as too coercive and opts instead for methods of explanation that promote understanding. This approach has culminated in his third book, The Examined Life.

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