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Anarchy, State, and Utopia: An Advanced Guide

Anarchy, State, and Utopia: An Advanced Guide

Lester H. Hunt

ISBN: 978-1-118-88060-9 April 2015 Wiley-Blackwell 240 Pages




Anarchy, State, and Utopia: An Advanced Guide presents a comprehensive and accessible introduction to the ideas expressed in Robert Nozick’s highly influential 1974 work on free-market libertarianism—considered one of the most important and influential works of political philosophy published in the latter half of the 20th-century.

  • Makes accessible all the major ideas and arguments presented in Nozick’s complex masterpiece
  • Explains, as well as critiques, Robert Nozick’s theory of free market libertarianism
  • Enables a new generation of readers to draw their own conclusions about the wealth of timely ideas on individualism and libertarian philosophy
  • Indicates where Nozick’s theory has explanatory power, where it is implausible, and where there are loose ends with further work to be done

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Acknowledgments vi

1 Nozick’s Introduction and Preface 1

2 Ethical Bearings 9

3 The Experience Machine 40

4 Why State of Nature Theory? 54

5 The Invisible Hand and the Justification of the State 70

6 Risk, Fear, and Procedural Rights 85

7 Has the Dominant Protective Association Become a State? 125

8 Distributive Justice 154

9 The Search for Utopia 200

Index 000