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Nozick on business firms

Nozick poses a pair of related questions in the next two subsections of Chapter 8 of ASU (pp. 246-253) regarding the organization of business firms. One question is, How could we incentivize business firm to provide more opportunities for meaningful … Continue reading

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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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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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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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Nozick on Locke’s labor theory of property rights

Nozick devotes the next few pages of Chapter 7 (pp. 174-182) to Locke’s “sweat equity” or labor theory of property rights acquisition and to the so-called “Lockean proviso” — the moral claim that everyone has a right to acquire land … Continue reading

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Forced labor or social labor? Nozick’s critique of taxation of wages

Nozick continues his devastating critique of so many theories of distributive justice on pp. 167-174 of ASU. He is on a major roll now, and his arguments are compelling. Here is just a small sample of some of Nozick’s most … Continue reading

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Nozick on Sen

The next subsection of Chapter 7 (pp. 164-166) contains a dense digression on Chapters 6 and 6* of Amartya K. Sen’s advanced treatise on Collective Choice and Social Welfare (pictured below). We won’t comment on Nozick’s treatment of Sen’s work … Continue reading

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Nozick: distribution versus production

Nozick considers other historical or “patterned” approaches to justice on pp. 155-160 of ASU, such as “distribute according to moral merit” and “distribute according to usefulness to society” and other formulations. Putting aside definitional problems — i.e. the awkward fact … Continue reading

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