Rights, Restrictions, and Reality: 50 Years of Anarchy, State, and Utopia

Source: EconLog
by Aeon Skoble

“Robert Nozick’s Anarchy, State, and Utopia was released in 1974, shortly after (and partly in response to) his Harvard colleague John Rawls’ 1971 A Theory of Justice. Anarchy, State, and Utopia included a theory of rights and a right-based account of liberalism in the classic tradition, which offered an alternative not only to Rawls’[s] progressive redistributionist egalitarianism but also to socialism. Nozick was not the first or only philosopher to make these arguments, but he was among the first, and among the most famous.” (07/01/24)