Anarchy, State, and Utopia - WikipediaIt hasn't even really produced very many people who consider themselves to be working in a broadly Nozickian tradition. It is also a book that virtually cries out for a companion. One cannot read too far in it without coming across an idea that is brilliant, fecund, intriguing. Whole books, if not whole academic careers, could be devoted to working out in detail the ideas that Nozick relegates to mere footnotes and asides. The essays are a good mix of critique and appreciation.
Politics Book Review: Anarchy, State, And Utopia by Robert Nozick
It should be known that Mr. By Robert Nozick. Basic Books. So why bring up Professor Nozick's book at this late date, especially if its thesis has been so widely and so well acknowledged? Because it is not enough just to know of the author and the ideas he advances. This is a book that simply must be read, perhaps more than any other nonfiction work that has been published in the last few years.
Robert Nozick — was a renowned American philosopher who first came to be widely known through his book, Anarchy, State, and Utopia , [ 1 ] which won the National Book Award for Philosophy and Religion in Despite his highly acclaimed work in many other fields of philosophy, Nozick remained best known for the libertarian doctrine advanced in Anarchy, State, and Utopia. Robert Nozick was born in Brooklyn in to a Russian Jewish immigrant family. He earned an undergraduate Philosophy degree from Columbia University in and a Ph. He taught for a couple of years at Princeton, Harvard, and Rockefeller Universities before moving permanently to Harvard in He became widely known through his book, Anarchy, State, and Utopia , which shocked the philosophical world with its robust and sophisticated defense of the minimal state—the state that restricts its activities to the protection of individual rights of life, liberty, property, and contract and eschews the use of state power to redistribute income, to make people moral, or to protect people from harming themselves.
Octavo, original cloth. Boldly signed by Robert Nozick on the half-title page.
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It won the US National Book Award in category Philosophy and Religion ,  has been translated into 11 languages, and was named one of the " most influential books since the war" — by the UK Times Literary Supplement. In opposition to A Theory of Justice by John Rawls , and in debate with Michael Walzer ,  Nozick argues in favor of a minimal state , "limited to the narrow functions of protection against force, theft, fraud, enforcement of contracts, and so on. To support the idea of the minimal state, Nozick presents an argument that illustrates how the minimalist state arises naturally from anarchy and how any expansion of state power past this minimalist threshold is unjustified. Nozick's entitlement theory , which sees humans as ends in themselves and justifies redistribution of goods only on condition of consent, is a key aspect of Anarchy, State, and Utopia. The book also contains a vigorous defense of minarchist libertarianism against more extreme views, such as anarcho-capitalism in which there is no state and individuals must contract with private companies for all social services.