Political Theory

Liberty and Rights in Robert Nozick’s “Anarchy, State, and Utopia”


This conference examined Nozick's seminal text on the proper scope of government and individual liberty, along with critiques from a variety of perspectives both sympathetic and antagonistic to his project.


Conference Readings

Paul, Jeffrey, eds. Reading Nozick: Essays on Anarchy, State, and Utopia, New York: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 1981.

Schmidtz, David, eds. Robert Nozick. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2002.

Cohen, G. A. Self-ownership, Freedom, and Equality. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1995.

Kukathas, Chandran. The Liberal Archipelago: A Theory of Diversity and Freedom. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005.

Nozick, Robert. Anarchy, State, and Utopia. New York: Basic Books, Inc., 1974.

Waldron, Jeremy, “Nozick and Locke: Filling the Space of Rights” In Natural Rights Liberalism from Locke to Nozick, edited by Ellen Frankel Paul, Fred D. Miller, and Jeffrey Paul, 81-101. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2005.