Anarchy, State, and Utopia

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Basic Books, Nov 12, 2013 - Political Science - 384 pages
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The foundational text of libertarian thought First published in response to John Rawls' A Theory of Justice, Robert Nozick's Anarchy, State, and Utopia has become a defining text of classic libertarian thought. Challenging and ultimately rejecting liberal, socialist, and conservative agendas, Nozick boldly asserts that the rights of individuals are violated as a state's responsibilities increase-and that the only way to avoid these violations is the creation of a minimalist state limited to the enforcement of contracts and to protection against force, fraud, and theft. Translated into 100 languages, winner of the National Book Award, and named one of the 100 Most Influential Books since World War II by the Times Literary Supplement, Anarchy, State and Utopia remains one of the most theoretically trenchant and philosophically rich defenses of economic liberalism to date. With an introduction by philosopher Thomas Nagel, this edition brings Nozick and his work to a new generation of readers.

 

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User Review  - brleach - LibraryThing

Nozick so fundamentally misreads Rawls that the majority of this book is worthless as a result. He makes two grievous errors: (1) he entirely ignores the first principle, which results in his failure ... Read full review

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User Review  - MathMaverick - LibraryThing

Amazing book! Nozick's range of knowledge is amazing. He shows that a minimal state is reasonable (very well done and easy to follows). Similarly, he shows that a more advanced state does not ... Read full review

Contents

Foreword by Thomas Nagel
Acknowledgments
The State of Nature
Moral Constraints and the State
Prohibition Compensation and Risk
The State
THE INVISIBLEHAND EXPLANATION OF THE STATE
Distributive Justice
Equality Envy Exploitation
Demoktesis
Utopia
Notes
Bibliography
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Robert Nozick (1938-2002) was the Arthur Kingsley Porter Professor of Philosophy at Harvard University. The author of numerous books including The Examined Life and Philosophical Explanations, Nozick was the recipient of the National Book Award for Anarchy, State, and Utopia.