Robert Nozick: Property, Justice, and the Minimal State (Key Contemporary Thinkers)

Robert Nozick: Property, Justice, and the Minimal State (Key Contemporary Thinkers)

Jonathan Wolff


Robert Nozick's Anarchy, nation, and Utopia is without doubt one of the works which dominate modern debate in political philosophy. Drawing on conventional assumptions linked to individualism and libertarianism, Nozick mounts a strong argument for a minimum "night-watchman" nation and demanding situations the perspectives of many modern philosophers, so much significantly John Rawls.

This publication is the 1st full-length learn of Nozick's paintings and of the debates to which it has given upward thrust. Wolff situates Nozick's paintings within the context of present debates and examines the traditions that have encouraged his suggestion. He then severely reconstructs the foremost arguments of Anarchy, nation, and Utopia, targeting Nozick's doctrine of rights, his derivation of the minimum nation, and his Entitlement idea of Justice. Wolff matters Nozick's reasoning to rigorous scrutiny and argues that, regardless of the seductive simplicity of Nozick's libertarianism, it's, in any case, neither believable nor absolutely coherent. The booklet concludes by means of assessing Nozick's position in modern political philosophy.

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