Author Archives: Enrique Guerra-Pujol

Nozick’s Knockout

In boxing, a knockout is any legal strike or combination thereof that renders an opponent unable to continue fighting. Keep this definition in mind, for Nozick will deliver the closest thing to a knockout by the end of Chapter 7 … Continue reading

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Round 4

In the next subsection of Chapter 7 of ASU (“Macro and Micro” on pp. 204-213), Nozick compares and contrasts his own historical or “entitlement theory” of justice with Rawls’s theory along various dimensions. By way of comparison, both theories specify … Continue reading

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Nozick and Rawls: round 3

We have re-imagined Nozick’s extended review of Rawls in the second part of Chapter 7 of ASU as an intellectual bout involving a series of rounds. We scored Round 1 for Rawls and Round 2 a draw. What about round … Continue reading

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Nozick v. Rawls: round 2

Thus far, Nozick has considered two possible extremes: an individualistic or Hobbesian society in which persons do not cooperate with each other (no cooperation), and a Rousseauian or Panglossian society in which everyone cooperates for the greater good (general cooperation). … Continue reading

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Rawls versus Nozick: round 1

Nozick begins Section 2 of Chapter 7 by presenting John Rawls’s influential theory of distributive justice. (If you are not familiar with Rawls’s work or need a refresher, check out this summary here, via Larry Solum’s Legal Theory Blog.) By … Continue reading

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Overview of Section 2 of Chapter 7 of ASU

Let’s pick up where we left off: Section 2 of Chapter 7 of Anarchy, State, and Utopia (ASU), which contains nine separate subsections as follows: Rawls’ Theory (p. 183) Social Cooperation (pp. 183-189) Terms of Cooperation and the Difference Principle … Continue reading

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Nozick Update

We reviewed every section of the first seven chapters (up to page 182) in Robert Nozick’s book Anarchy, State, and Utopia during the winter break. (Here is a compilation of our previous posts on Nozick.) We will begin reviewing the rest of … Continue reading

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