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Anarchy, State and Utopia
Anarchy, State and Utopia
by Robert Nozick
Edition: Paperback
Price: £21.59

4.0 out of 5 stars Fun to read and think about, 8 Nov 2012
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This is my first review so I'll try to make it short. Nozick's book is essentially divided into two interchangeable parts: 1) His story about how governments appear out of a stateless society; 2) His complementary considerations on political principles.

The first part is not that good - principled people who do not violate the rights of others create governments by an "Invisible hand process" - Remember that this must be compared with other philosophical theories regarding the appearance of government (Rawls' veil of ignorance or Dworkin's clamshells which are equally bad our even worse philosophical explanations).

The second part is more interesting and thought provoking. Nozick attacks the notion of redistributive justice, equality of opportunity and democracy itself. Even if you disagree with him it is important to examine and think about his arguments.

There are two ways you can interpret this book: If you believe the world to be a constant battle for ideological supremacy then this was clearly a victory for the "enemy", if on the other hand you like moral and political philosophy for its own sake than the book will surprise, shock and entertain you.

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