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Robert Nozick: Property, Justice, and the Minimal State

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Robert Nozick's Anarchy, State, and Utopia is one of the works which dominate contemporary debate in political philosophy. Drawing on traditional assumptions associated with individualism and libertarianism, Nozick mounts a powerful argument for a minimal "night-watchman" state and challenges the views of many contemporary philosophers, most notably John Rawls.

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Paperback, 184 pages
Published March 1st 1991 by Stanford University Press (first published 1991)
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Cris
Apr 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
very concise and well explained, would recommend for anyone studying Nozick. I was particularly impressed by the way it engages with the theory of distributive justice, and it provides a much more clear viewpoint than similar texts.
Finn Hubbard
May 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book helped me appreciate the importance of private property rights, but failed to explain why they should be valued over and above other rights.
Arbitrista
Jul 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
A strong but sympathetic of Nozick's Anarchy, State, and Utopia, Wolff does an excellent job of pointing out the very serious flaws in Nozick's theory (and my extension libertarianism in general) while offering an account on why despite these limitations the work has proved so durable.
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May 19, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good, thorough review and critique of Nozick's Anarchy, State, and Utopia.
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Jonathan Wolff is a Professor specialising in political philosophy at University College London, in England. Wolff earned his MPhil from UCL under the direction of G.A. Cohen. He is the secretary of the British Philosophical Association and honorary secretary of the Aristotelian Society, which publishes Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society. Recently, Wolff's work has specialized in disadvantage ...more