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ON NOZICK, like other titles in the Wadsworth Philosopher's Series, offers a concise, yet comprehensive, introduction to this philosopher's most important ideas. Presenting the most important insights of well over a hundred seminal philosophers in both the Eastern and Western traditions, the Wadsworth Philosophers Series contains volumes written by scholars noted for their excellence in teaching and for their well-versed comprehension of each featured philosopher's major works and contributions. These titles have proven valuable in a number of ways. Serving as standalone texts when tackling a philosophers' original sources or as helpful resources for focusing philosophy students' engagements with these philosopher's often conceptually daunting works, these titles have also gained extraordinary popularity with a lay readership and quite often serve as "refreshers" for philosophy instructors.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780534252335
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 3/27/2003
  • Series: Wadsworth Philosophers Ser.
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 104
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

1. Nozick and Political Philosophy 1
2. Libertarianism 10
What Libertarianism Is (and What It Isn't) 10
The Varieties of Libertarianism 11
Pragmatic Arguments for Libertarianism 14
The "Invisible Hand" of the Market 15
The "Dead Hand" of the State 17
Cultural Evolution 23
Libertarianism and Other 'Isms' 25
3. Individual Rights 29
The Grounds, Nature and Implications of Rights 29
Kant's Second Categorical Imperative 31
The Thesis of Self-Ownership 32
Lockean Natural Rights 36
The Minimal State 39
Libertarianism With Foundations 43
The Priority of Self-Ownership 43
Cohen's Critique 45
Deeper Foundations? 48
The Burden of Proof 53
4. From Anarchy to the Minimal State 55
The Anarchist Challenge 55
Law and Order in the State of Nature 57
The Dominant Protective Association 57
The Ultra-Minimal State 58
Prohibition and Compensation 58
The "Immaculate Conception" of the State 59
5. Distributive Justice and Private Property 65
The Entitlement Theory of Justice 65
The Three Principles of Justice in Holdings 66
Classification of Theories of Distributive Justice 68
The "Wilt Chamberlain" Argument 70
Patterns vs. Liberty 72
The Critique of Rawls 76
Taxation, Forced Labor, and Theft 77
Self-Ownership vs. Taxation 77
"Taxation is Theft" 79
Property Rights 81
The Lockean Proviso 83
The Burden of Proof (Again) 86
6. The Best of All Possible Worlds 89
Utopia 89
The Framework 91
Bibliography 95
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