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  - Victor Wu - Goodreads

5 stars for style, 4 ish for argument. In brief, ASU was methodically and clearly argued with a refreshing sense of humor and narrative (I found myself writing "LOL" in the margins several times). The ... Read full review

Review: Anarchy, State, and Utopia

User Review  - Ahonsi - Goodreads

Several chapters in the first two parts were assigned readings for a lecture on libertarianism, and our going over them in class was extremely helpful. The last part concerning utopia, and one or two ... Read full review


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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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