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A theoretical justification of libertarianism,
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This review is from: Anarchy, State and Utopia (Paperback)
This and Rawls' _A Theory of Justice_ are arguably the two most important works of political philosophy of the last half century. Nozick harkens to a hypothetical pre-civilization 'state of nature' (as have several other imporant philosophers over the centuries) to provide a foundation from which to argue that a libertarian 'minimal state' is the limit of the rightful powers of a government.
You needn't agree with Nozick's conclusions to find this an utterly worthwhile read. In fact, puncturing holes in the arguments of political philosophers is an interesting hobby in itself, and Nozick presents some tempting targets for someone so inclined.