David Schmidtz and Christopher Freiman

in The Oxford Handbook of Political Philosophy

Published in print June 2012 | ISBN: 9780195376692
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

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This article analyzes the philosophy of Robert Nozick. It describes how Nozick borrowed Rawls's foundation, accepting his premise about the separateness and inviolability of persons. It then discusses Nozick's views about the historical and patterned principles of justice, liberalism and self-ownership, rights, freedom, entitlement, the two kinds of “arbitrary”, and utopia.

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