Is politics a branch of moral philosophy?

I will resume my in-depth review of Robert Nozick’s magnum opus on Monday morning; in the meantime, I want to share two remarkable sentences from page 6 of Anarchy, State, and Utopia and one of my favorite Nozick quotations of all time:

Moral philosophy sets the background for, and boundaries of political philosophy. What persons may and may not do to one another limits what they may do through the apparatus of the state.

Is Nozick right about this? Is politics a branch of moral philosophy? What about law?

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About F. E. Guerra-Pujol

When I’m not blogging, I am a business law professor at the University of Central Florida.
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1 Response to Is politics a branch of moral philosophy?

  1. Conjecture on my end , however, politics= applied ethics (or lack thereof). Law= a natural Corollary of political decision-making. More so a byproduct or consequence of politics.

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