Anarchy, state, and utopia

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Basic Books, 1974 - Political Science - 367 pages
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User Review  - Athan Tolis - Goodreads

This is NOT light reading. Then again, it's a philosophy book, and nobody obliged me to read it. I kept reminding myself of this every time I had to re-read a paragraph for the third time before ... Read full review

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User Review  - Ben Fisher - Goodreads

Based on its preeminent reputation I was surprised to find that this bulwark of libertarian political philosophy was little more than Nozick's preferences listed on a page, leading to the conclusion ... Read full review

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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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