Anarchy, State, and Utopia

ISBN-10: 0465051006

ISBN-13: 9780465051007

Edition: 2013 (Revised)

Authors: Robert Nozick

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List price: $19.99
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 11/12/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 400
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

Educated at Columbia and Princeton universities, Robert Nozick is Arthur Kingsley Porter Professor of Philosophy at Harvard University. He rose to eminence in the last quarter of the twentieth century as a creative philosopher who has expressed philosophical truths beyond the reach of analytic argumentation. Honed in the technical intricacies of analytic philosophy, he has nonetheless restored meditation to its proper place in the philosophical canon. Nozick's first book, Anarchy, State and Utopia (initially published in 1974), won the National Book Award in 1975 and became the fundamental text of the Libertarian movement. Nozick's second book, Philosophical Explanations, was given the Ralph Waldo Emerson Award of Phi Beta Kappa in 1982. It covers a wide range of basic philosophical topics: the question why there is something rather than nothing, the identity of the self, knowledge and skepticism, free will, the foundation of ethnics, and the meaning of life. Nozick abandons philosophical proof or argumentation as too coercive and opts instead for methods of explanation that promote understanding. This approach has culminated in his third book, The Examined Life.

State-of Nature Theory, or How to Back into a State without Really Trying
Why State-of-Nature Theory?
Political Philosophy
Explanatory Political Theory
The State of Nature
Protective Associations
The Dominant Protective Association
Invisible-Hand Explanations
Is the Dominant Protective Association A State?
Moral Constraints and the State
The Minimal State and the Ultraminimal State
Moral Constraints and Moral Goals
Why Side Constraints/
Libertarian Constraints
Constraints and Animals
The Experience Machine
Underdetermination of Moral Theory
What Are Constraints Based Upon?
The Individualist Anarchist
Prohibition, Compensation, and Risk
Independents and the Dominant Protective Agency
Prohibition and Compensation
Why Ever Prohibit'
Retributive and Deterrence Theories of Punishment
Dividing the Benefits of Exchange
Fear and Prohibition
Why Not Always Prohibit?
The Principle of Compensation
Productive Exchange
The State
Prohibiting Private Enforcement of Justice
"The Principle of Fairness"
Procedural Rights
How May the Dominant Agency Act'
The De Facto Monopoly
Protecting Others
The State
The Invisible-Hand Explanation of the State
Further Considerations on the Argument for the State
Stopping the Process?
Preemptive Attack
Behavior in the Process
The Right of All to Punish
Preventive Restraint
Beyond the Minimal State?
Distributive Justice
Section I
The Entitlement Theory
Historical Principles and End-Result Principles
How Liberty Upsets Patterns
Sen's Argument
Redistribution and Property Rights
Locke's Theory of Acquisition
The Proviso
Section II
Rawls' Theory
Social Cooperation
Terms of Cooperation and the Difference Principle
The Original Position and End-Result Principles
Macro and Micro
Natural Assets and Arbitrariness
The Positive Argument
The Negative Argument
Collective Assets
Equality, Envy, Exploitation, Etc.
Equality of Opportunity
Self-Esteem and Envy
Meaningful Work
Workers' Control
Marxian Exploitation
Voluntary Exchange
Having a Say Over What Affects You
The Nonneutral State
How Redistribution Operates
Consistency and Parallel Examples
The More-Than-Minimal State Derived
Hypothetical Histories
A Framework for Utopia
The Model
The Model Projected Onto Our World
The Framework
Design Devices and Filter Devices
The Framework as Utopian Common Ground
Community and Nation
Communities Which Change
Total Communities
Utopian Means and Ends
How Utopia Works Out
Utopia and the Minimal State
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