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Time out from our extended review of Anarchy, State, and Utopia

Below is a small sample of everyday objects arranged into beautiful patterns. You can check out the rest of artist Adam Hillman’s work here (hat tip: kottke.)

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Digression: Nozick’s relevance to legal theory

Before we press on with our review of Nozick’s masterpiece Anarchy, State, and Utopia (ASU), we want to say a few words on why Nozick is worth reading and why we are so excited about Nozick’s ideas, especially Chapter 4 … Continue reading

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How to enforce moral borders: compensation or prohibition?

The third subsection of Chapter 4 of Anarchy, State, and Utopia (pp. 58-59) narrows down and reformulates the problem of enforcing moral boundaries in terms of two hard questions (p. 59): (i) why not allow or permit boundary crossings so … Continue reading

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Two views of moral border crossings

The second subsection of Chapter 4 is only two pages long (pp. 57-58), but it deserves our careful attention for several reasons: (i) One reason is Nozick’s geometric visualization of morality. As Nozick puts it (p. 57): “an area in … Continue reading

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The problem of independents (in Anarchy, State, and Utopia)

Nozick (pictured below) presents an important theoretical problem in the first subsection of Chapter 4: the problem of independents, or how should a private protection racket deal with non-members? (Nozick raises an additional theoretical problem in a footnote (p. 55): … Continue reading

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Overview of Chapter 4 of ASU

Before we begin our review of Chapter 4 of Anarchy, State, and Utopia (ASU), let’s take a closer look at the overall structure and organization of this chapter. In summary, Chapter 4 is titled “Prohibition, Compensation, and Risk” and is … Continue reading

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Book pins

      These beautiful book pins, and many more, are made by Ms. Jane Mount and are available for purchase here (hat tip: kottke).

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