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An Indispensable Guide to Anarchy, State, and Utopia,
This review is from: Robert Nozick: Property, Justice, and the Minimal State (Key Contemporary Thinkers) (Paperback)
Jonathan Wolff has admirably succeeded in providing some clarity and focus to Nozick's often frenetic prose and disjointed ideas. Wolff presents a clear exposition of the main ideas in Anarchy, State, and Utopia (and thankfully avoids Nozick's digressions), and reviews some of the standard objections to Nozick's brand of libertarianism. He also offers some thoughtful replies on behalf of Nozick, though these are usually unconvincing (due more to Nozick than Wolff).
In my opinion, this book should be useful both to students of political philosophy as well as to political philosophers themselves. Wolff is very clear, very accessible, and does not assume a whole lot in the way of background knowledge (though familiarity with Rawls would be an asset). This book is extremely useful to anyone wanting to familiarize themselves with the debate on libertarian political philosophy.