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The Cambridge Companion to Nozick's Anarchy, State, and Utopia

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Ralf M. Bader, John Meadowcroft, Richard Arneson, Michael Otsuka, Fred Feldman, Eric Mack, Gerald Gaus, David Schmidtz, Peter Vallentyne, Barbara Fried, Chandran Kukathas
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  • Date Published: January 2012
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521197762

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  • Robert Nozick's Anarchy, State, and Utopia (1974) is recognised as a classic of modern political philosophy. Along with John Rawls's A Theory of Justice (1971), it is widely credited with breathing new life into the discipline in the second half of the twentieth century. This Companion presents a balanced and comprehensive assessment of Nozick's contribution to political philosophy. In engaging and accessible chapters, the contributors analyse Nozick's ideas from a variety of perspectives and explore neglected areas of the work such as his discussion of anarchism and his theory of utopia. Their detailed and illuminating picture of Anarchy, State, and Utopia, its impact and its enduring influence will be invaluable to students and scholars in both political philosophy and political theory.

    • Covers Nozick's philosophy as a whole, including his discussion of anarchism and his theory of utopia
    • Approaches Nozick's work from different perspectives providing a balanced assessment and critical engagement
    • Relates Anarchy, State, and Utopia to contemporary research in political theory and philosophy
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    • Date Published: January 2012
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521197762
    • length: 332 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 160 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.64kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Ralf M. Bader and John Meadowcroft
    Part I. Morality:
    1. Side constraints, Lockean individual rights, and the moral basis of libertarianism Richard Arneson
    2. Are deontological constraints irrational? Michael Otsuka
    3. What we learn from the experience machine Fred Feldman
    Part II. Anarchy:
    4. Nozickian arguments for the more-than-minimal state Eric Mack
    5. Explanation, justification, and emergent properties - an essay on Nozickian metatheory Gerald Gaus
    Part III. State:
    6. The right to distribute David Schmidtz
    7. Nozick's libertarian theory of justice Peter Vallentyne
    8. Does Nozick have a theory of property rights? Barbara Fried
    9. Nozick's critique of Rawls John Meadowcroft
    Part IV. Utopia:
    10. The framework for utopia Ralf M. Bader
    11. E Pluribus Plurum - how to fail to get to utopia in spite of really trying Chandran Kukathas.

  • Editors

    Ralf M. Bader, New York University
    Ralf M. Bader is a Bersoff Assistant Professor and Faculty Fellow in the Philosophy Department at New York University. He is the author of Robert Nozick (2010).

    John Meadowcroft, King's College London
    John Meadowcroft is Lecturer in Public Policy in the Department of Political Economy, King's College London. He is the author of The Ethics of the Market (2005), James M. Buchanan (2011) and (with Mark Pennington) Rescuing Social Capital from Social Democracy (2007).


    Ralf M. Bader, John Meadowcroft, Richard Arneson, Michael Otsuka, Fred Feldman, Eric Mack, Gerald Gaus, David Schmidtz, Peter Vallentyne, Barbara Fried, Chandran Kukathas

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