Elaborating on and defending a rigorous, rights-based libertarianism, Mark D. Friedman here develops the seminal ideas articulated by Robert Nozick in his landmark work Anarchy, State and Utopia. Consolidating more than three decades of scholarly and popular writing to have emerged in the wake of Nozick's text, Friedman offers a 21st century defense of the minimal libertarian state. In the course of this analysis, and drawing on further insights offered by the work of F.A. Hayek, Nozick's Libertarian Project shows that natural rights libertarianism can offer convincing answers to the fundamental questions that lie at the heart of political theory. The book also rebuts many of the most common criticisms to have been levelled at this worldview, including those from left libertarians and from egalitarians such as as G.A. Cohen.
About the Author
Mark D. Friedman received a J.D. from Georgetown Law School, USA, with honors, and holds an MBA from Columbia University, USA. He is currently an independent scholar working in the field of political theory and ethics.
Table of Contents
Preface \ Introduction: Natural Rights Libertarianism \ 1.The Ethical Foundation of Natural Rights \ 2. The Entitlement Theory \ 3. Critiques of Lockean Appropriation \ 4. Justifying the Minimal State \ 5. Property Rights, Capitalism and the Rule of Law \ 6. Answering the Critics: the Implications and Boundaries of Natural Rights \ Notes
Bibliography \ Index.