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Robert Nozick

Philosopher Robert Nozick’s Anarchy, State, and Utopia, published in 1974, cemented libertarianism’s place among the political philosophies taken seriously in academia. In it, Nozick defended the “minimal state”—what latter came to be called minarchism—and showed how it could become a “framework for utopias.”

But Nozick’s interests weren’t limited to political theory. He turned his remarkable mind to nearly every branch of philosophy in such wide-ranging works as Philosophical Explanations, The Examined Life, and Invariances: The Structure of the Objective World.

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Why Do Intellectuals Oppose Capitalism?

by Robert Nozick on Jan 1, 1998

The left-leaning intellectual’s animosity to capitalism is due to the difference in value judgments between formal schools and capitalist society.

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Robert Nozick’s Final Interview

by Robert Nozick and Julian Sanchez on Jul 26, 2001

In his final interview before his death in 2002, Robert Nozick covers a range of topics, including his purported repudiation of libertarianism.

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An Interview with Robert Nozick

by Albert Zlabinger on Dec 1, 1977

“I was unhappy over it—I mean I was pulled into libertarianism reluctantly.”

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Critics of Liberty: A Reading List

by Aaron Ross Powell on Nov 3, 2011

A guide to the books and essays containing the most powerful arguments against libertarianism.

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Libertarian Theory: A Reading List

by Aaron Ross Powell on Nov 3, 2011

A selection of books to take readers beyond the basics of libertarianism and into the philosophy and economics that provide its foundations.

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Editorial: Social Order & Economics

by Leonard P. Liggio on Jun 1, 1982

“There are many aspects of society (most of the interesting aspects) that can be understood and explained only through the use of invisible hand explanations.”

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A Kantian Case for Libertarianism

by Jason Kuznicki on Jan 3, 2017

The ethical system of Immanuel Kant, properly understood, justifies libertarian political institutions.

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The Return of Big Government

by David Boaz on Jan 1, 2009

Boaz refutes the notion that it was libertarian laissez-faire policies that created the problems that have arisen in our society.