Robert Nozick: Property, Justice and the Minimal State
November 2013, Polity
Jonathan Wolff's new book is the first full-length study of Nozick's work and of the debates to which it has given rise. He situates Nozick's work in the context of current debates and examines the traditions which have influenced his thought. He then critically reconstructs the key arguments of Anarchy, State and Utopia, focusing on Nozick's Doctrine of Rights, his Derivation of the Minimal State, and his Entitlement Theory of Justice. The book concludes by assessing Nozick's place in contemporary political philosophy.
I: Nozick's Libertarianism.
II: Libertarian Rights.
III: Defending the Minimal State.
IV: The Entitlement Theory of Justice.
V: Nozick and Political Philosophy.
Guide to Further Reading.
* The author compares Nozick's views at each stage with those of his contemporary allies and opponents.
* Nozick is widely studied and there is no other available text on Nozick's political philosophy.
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