Overview of Chapter 6 of ASU

Before we resume our review of Anarchy, State, and Utopia (ASU), let’s take a snapshot of the overall structure and organization of Chapter 6 of ASU, the last chapter of the first part of the book. This chapter is titled “Further Considerations on the Argument for the State” and is divided into six separate subsections as follows:

  • Stopping the Process (pp. 120-125)
  • Preemptive Attack (pp. 126-130)
  • Behavior in the Process (pp. 130-133)
  • Legitimacy (pp. 133-137)
  • The Right of All to Punish (pp. 137-142)
  • Preventive Restraint (pp. 142-146)

Remember, Nozick is trying to explain how a state or civil government could emerge without violating anyone’s rights, a claim that we find hard to believe. We will begin our review of this important chapter later today …

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