Author Archives: F. E. Guerra-Pujol

About F. E. Guerra-Pujol

When I’m not blogging, I am a business law professor at the University of Central Florida.

Proto-state or protection racket?

Originally posted on prior probability:
Nozick concludes Chapter 2 (pp. 22-25) of Anarchy, State, and Utopia with a hybrid definitional-theoretical question: Is the dominant protection association a state? That is, does the postulated dominant protective association (postulated by Nozick) rise…

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Are Nozick’s protective associations natural monopolies?

Originally posted on prior probability:
We continue our review of Chapter 2 of Anarchy, State, and Utopia. As we noted in a previous post, Chapter 2 is divided into five subsections. Here, we review the third subsection (pp. 15-17), which…

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Nozick’s protective associations (and two untestable conjectures)

Originally posted on prior probability:
Our previous post revisited the first section of Chapter 2 of Anarchy, State, and Utopia. In that post, we summarized Nozick’s comprehensive summary of three serious problems that could arise even in Locke’s idyllic version…

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The laws of nature

Originally posted on prior probability:
Chapter 2 of Anarchy, State, and Utopia is divided into five separate subsections. Here, we will review the first of these five subsections (pp. 10-12), where Nozick summarizes Locke’s description of the state of nature…

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Nozick’s state of nature

Originally posted on prior probability:
Chapter 1 of Nozick’s classic work “Anarchy, State, and Utopia“ poses the following “what if” thought experiment: What if we lived in a state of nature, in a world in which there were no actual…

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My last 12 Shazams

We will jump into Chapter 1 of “Anarchy, State, and Utopia” in the next day or two; in the meantime, below are screenshots of my most recent “Shazams”:

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Nozick’s minimal state

Originally posted on prior probability:
Nozick’s preface sets forth his main conclusion: only a “minimal state”–i.e. a collective “limited to the narrow functions of protection against force, theft, fraud, enforcement of contracts, and so on”–is consistent with the principle of…

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Review of Anarchy, State, and Utopia (part 1)

Back in the fall of 2017 and extending off-and-on into the summer of 2018, I wrote up and posted to this blog a page-by-page, chapter-by-chapter review of Robert Nozick’s work “Anarchy, State, and Utopia,” one of the all-time most influential … Continue reading

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Twitter Tuesday: taxonomy of date-time formats

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What’s wrong with SSRN’s citation metrics?

According to Google Scholar, two of my papers have been cited 10 times by other scholars (my 2014 paper “Goedel’s Loophole” and my 2010 paper “A Game-Theoretic Analysis of the Puerto Rico Status Debate“; see screenshot immediately below this paragraph), … Continue reading

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