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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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Minimal State

by David Conway on Aug 15, 2008

The minimal state solution is one wherein the state provides protection for the people in its domain but does nothing else.

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Nozick, Robert (1938-2002)

by Ellen Frankel Paul on Aug 15, 2008

Nozick’s work, especially his book Anarchy, State, & Utopia, re-interested many people in political philosophy and libertarianism.

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Why Do Intellectuals Oppose Capitalism?

featuring Jason Kuznicki, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Aug 14, 2015

Jason Kuznicki joins us to discuss the left-leaning tendencies of public intellectuals.