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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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Second Amendment for Me, Gun Control for Thee

by Billy Christmas on Mar 7, 2017

The link between American gun culture and white supremacy undermines conservative arguments for gun rights—but not classical liberal arguments.

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An Ethical Intuitionist Case for Libertarianism

by Michael Huemer on Jan 3, 2017

The justification of libertarian political institutions follows logically from relatively uncontroversial moral intuitions held by a broad range of reasonable people.

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Reader’s Forum: On Spontaneous Order

by Various Authors on Dec 1, 1982

Literature of Liberty readers, writers, and reviewers engage in a roundtable discussion of spontaneous order.

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In Praise of Decadence

by Jeff Riggenbach on Feb 1, 1979

“Moral fortitude is exactly what it takes to deal with diversity, pluralism, heterogeneity—all the synonyms for cultural decadence.”

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A History of Libertarianism

by David Boaz on Jan 15, 1997

In this excerpt from Libertarianism: A Primer, Boaz tells the history of the movement for liberty, from Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu through the 20th century.

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Natural Law: Dead or Alive?

by Henry Veatch on Dec 1, 1978

Philospher Henry Babcock Veatch explores the long history and vibrant future of Natural Law.

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A Contractarian Case for Libertarianism

by Jan Narveson on Jan 3, 2017

Reasonable people will accept libertarian political institutions because they let us live together in peace while pursuing our different values and lifestyles.