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Robert Nozick's Anarchy, State and Utopia is one of the works which dominates contemporary debate in political philosophy. Drawing on traditional assumptions associated with individualism and libertarianism, Nozick mounts a powerful argument for a minimal `nightwatchman' state and challenges the views of many contemporary philosophers, most notably John Rawls. Jonathan Wolff's new book is the first full-length study of Nozick's work and of the debates to which it has given rise. He situates Nozick's work in the context of current debates and examines the traditions which have influenced his thought. He then critically reconstructs the key arguments of Anarchy, State and Utopia, focusing on Nozick's Doctrine of Rights, his Derivation of the Minimal State, and his Entitlement Theory of Justice. The book concludes by assessing Nozick's place in contemporary political philosophy.
Volume 11 of the Conservative and Libertarian Thinkers series focuses on Robert Nozick and his work on libertarianism.
This collection of essays is dedicated to the memory of the late Harvard philosopher Robert Nozick, who died in 2002. The publication of Nozick's Anarchy, State, and Utopia in 1974 revived serious interest in natural rights liberalism, which, beginning in the latter half of the eighteenth century, had been eclipsed by a succession of antithetical political theories including utilitarianism, progressivism, and various egalitarian and collectivist ideologies. Some of our contributors critique Nozick's political philosophy. Other contributors examine earlier figures in the liberal tradition, most notably John Locke, whose Second Treatise of Government, published in the late seventeenth century, profoundly influenced the American founders. The remaining authors analyze natural rights liberalism's central doctrines.
Studienarbeit aus dem Jahr 2006 im Fachbereich Philosophie - Epochenubergreifende Abhandlungen, Note: 1,0, Westfalische Wilhelms-Universitat Munster (Philosophisches Seminar), Veranstaltung: Plotin, 16 Quellen im Literaturverzeichnis, Sprache: Deutsch, Abstract: In dieser Arbeit werden zwei Philosophen behandelt, wie sie unterschiedlicher kaum sein konnen: Robert Nozick (1938-2002) und Plotin (um 205-270 n.Chr.). Sie trennt nicht nur die groe zeitliche Spanne zwischen Spatantike und Spatmoderne, vielmehr unterscheiden sie sich auch ganz grundsatzlich in ihrem Weltbild und ihrer philosophischen Herangehensweise. Plotin betreibt eine in sich geschlossene Metaphysik in deren Zentrum, unter Berufung auf Platon, die geistige Welt steht und die sinnlich wahrnehmbare Welt eine untergeordnete Rolle spielt. Nozick hingegen ist der empirischen Tradition verhaftet, argumentiert gegen den Skeptizismus, trifft metaphysische Aussagen unter strenger Berucksichtigung der sinnlich wahrnehmbaren Welt, was ihn zu einem philosophischen Pluralismus fuhrt und ist in erster Linie fur seine Politische Philosophie bekannt. Trotz und gerade wegen dieser Unterschiedlichkeit, beschaftigt sich diese Arbeit mit Ahnlichkeiten zwischen den beiden Autoren. Dabei soll und kann allerdings nicht ihre gesamte Philosophie miteinander in Beziehung gesetzt werden. Vielmehr geht es um die Frage, ob und inwiefern Nozicks Wert- und Sinnbegriff Affinitaten zum plotinischen Einen aufweist. Als Textgrundlage fungieren Plotins Programmschrift VI 9 [9] "Uber das Gute oder das Eine" sowie Auszuge aus Nozicks "The examined Life" und "Philosophical Explanations" .
Although best known for the hugely influential Anarchy, State and Utopia, Robert Nozick (1938-2002) eschewed the label 'political philosopher' because the vast majority of his writings and attention have focused on other areas. Indeed the breadth of Nozick's work is perhaps greater than that of any other contemporary philosopher. This book is the first to give full and proper discussion of Nozick's philosophy as a whole, including his influential work on the theory of knowledge, his notion of 'tracking the truth', his metaphysical writings on personal identity and free will, his evolutionary account of rationality, his varying treatments of Newcomb's paradox and his ideas on the meaning of life. Illuminating and informative, the book will be welcomed as an authoritative guide to Nozick's philosophical thinking.

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