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Philosophy as it should be practiced,
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This review is from: Anarchy, State and Utopia (Paperback)
The importance of this book is not just in its political content, but in its method. Unlike one of the other reviewers comments, I believe this is one of the most honest philosophy books. It doesn't shirk from the difficulties of the conservative libertarian position and nor does it claim a total answer. It doesn't assume the naive perfectionism that has affected much anglo-american philosophy (see Cohen's attempted critique of ASU to see a particularly crass example). The book is consistently libertarian in its method as well as its content (as is Nozick's 'Philosophical Explanations').
This book offers the most astute conceptualisation of libertarianism - precisely because it does see the difficulties - as well as being one of the most readable philosophy texts.
This is one of the few philosophy texts - along wih Cioran's 'All Gall is Divided' - that has actually caused me to laugh out loud, and not with contempt like one does with sad marxists like Zizek.