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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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Arguments for Libertarianism

by Aaron Ross Powell on Aug 28, 2012

An introductory overview of the basic philosophies of libertarianism.

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Was Adam Smith a Libertarian?

by Paul Mueller on Mar 25, 2015

Mueller introduces a series of posts about Adam Smith, giving a broad overview of his thought and situating him relative to other thinkers.

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Equality

by George H. Smith on Aug 15, 2008

A libertarian focus on equality mostly focuses on the notion of equal rights and justice systems must operate in a way that maintains these rights.

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Adam Smith, Class Warrior: The Left-Right Spectrum

by David S. D’Amato on Sep 20, 2016

D’Amato argues that Adam Smith’s role as a critic of incumbent mercantilist interests has been wrongly obscured by those who see him as aligned with the right.