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The Cambridge Companion to Nozick's Anarchy, State, and Utopia (Cambridge Companions to Philosophy) 1st Edition

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This Companion presents a balanced and comprehensive assessment of Nozick's classic contribution to political philosophy. Contributors analyse Nozick's ideas from a variety of perspectives and assess the impact and enduring influence of his work. The volume will be invaluable to students and scholars in both political philosophy and political theory.

About the Author

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 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).
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  • Series: Cambridge Companions to Philosophy
  • Hardcover: 332 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1st edition (January 16, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521197767
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521197762
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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By Billie Pritchett on November 16, 2014
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The Cambridge Companion to Nozick's Anarchy, State, and Utopia is a pretty good critical collection of essays on Robert Nozick's famous book, Anarchy, State, and Utopia (ASU). I stress the word critical to describe this collection.

The target of the collection, ASU, is considered a landmark book in libertarianism. In ASU, Nozick argues that the only legitimate political institution is what he calls the minimal state, a government that protects people from harm and violence and enforces contracts among its citizens--and nothing more. He thinks any version of the State will have to be defended against anarchy. And he thinks that his version of the State serves as a model for future utopias.

This Cambridge Companion critically evaluates Nozick's claims about anarchy, State, and utopia and calls into question his ideas about morality and justice, among other matters. Several of the essays find holes in Nozick's project. Take the last essay in the book, for instance. Because I just read it, it's still fresh on my mind. It's titled "E pluribus plurum, or, How to fail to get to utopia in spite of really trying" by Chanran Kukathas. Kukathas argues that the kind of State that Nozick advocates couldn't really help us think about the ideal society because it's never existed. Furthermore, even if the kind of State he advocates could have emerged, it didn't emerge, and so it doesn't make sense to think that a State is necessary for utopia as opposed to a stateless society.

This book makes a great reference and really makes me want to finish reading Nozick's book.
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This is an excellent compendium of explanatory and critical articles by professional philosophers on Nozick's thinking on the concepts of rights and personal liberty at the time of the publication of his famous book.
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It pays to be very familiar with the source material here. This book contains critiques of Nozick from many different angles and many different scholars. Also an excellent bibliography for further studies.
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