Publisher: John Wiley & Sons (UK)
Publication Date: January 04, 2001
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"Individuals have rights," Nozick writes in his opening
sentence, "and there are things no person or group may do to them
without violating their rights." The work that follows is a
sophisticated and passionate defence of the rights of the
individual as opposed to the state.
The author argues that the state is justified only when it is
severely limited to the narrow function of protection against
force, theft and fraud and to the enforcement of contracts. Any
more extensive activities by the state, he demonstrates, will
inevitably violate individual rights.
Among the many achievements of the work are an important new theory of distributive justice, a model of utopia, and an integration of ethics, legal philosophy and economic theory into a profound position in political philosophy which will be discussed for years to come.