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Anarchy, State, and Utopia (Paperback)
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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.
About the Author
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.
contemporary philosopher possesses a more imaginative mind, broader interests,
or greater dialectical abilities than Robert Nozick."—Harper's
sophisticated and ingenious."—The Economist
"[Nozick's] powers of argument are profound, and his insights are at
times staggering in their brilliance."—New Republic
major event in contemporary political philosophy...[Nozick] is always
stimulating; an open-minded study of what he has to say could be a healthy
tonic for romantic leftists."—Peter Singer, New York Review of Books