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
Lester H. Hunt is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He is the author of Nietzsche and the Origins of Virtue (1991) and Character and Culture (1997).
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