The left-leaning intellectual’s animosity to capitalism is due to the difference in value judgments between formal schools and capitalist society.
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.
In his final interview before his death in 2002, Robert Nozick covers a range of topics, including his purported repudiation of libertarianism.
“I was unhappy over it—I mean I was pulled into libertarianism reluctantly.”
Julian Sanchez joins us for a discussion on the political philsophy of Robert Nozick.
Powell looks at the “entitlement theory” of justice and the closing words of Anarchy, State and Utopia on how the minimal state can inspire us.
The minimal state solution is one wherein the state provides protection for the people in its domain but does nothing else.
A summary of the arguments of Robert Nozick’s Anarchy, State and Utopia.
Nozick’s work, especially his book Anarchy, State, & Utopia, re-interested many people in political philosophy and libertarianism.
Smith discusses Robert Nozick’s criticisms of Locke’s property theory and the relationship between a natural-law justification of property and social conventions.
Jason Kuznicki joins us to discuss the left-leaning tendencies of public intellectuals.
Smith discusses the major criticism of natural rights and the consent theory of government – that these doctrines will land us in anarchy.