Robert Nozick: Property, Justice and the Minimal State by Jonathan Wolff soon to be presented for sale on the dazzling BookLovers of Bath web site!
Published: Cambridge: Polity Press, 1991, Paperback.
First in this, paperback, edition.
From the cover: Cobert Nozicks Anarchy, State, and Utopia is one of the works which dominate contemporary debate in political philosophy. Drawing on traditional assumptions associated with individualism and libertarianism, Nozick mounts a powerful argument for a minimal night-watchman state and challenges the views of many contemporary philosophers, most notably John Rawls.
This book is the first full-length study of Nozicks work and of the debates to which it has given rise. Wolff situates Nozicks work in the context of current debates and examines the traditions which have influenced his thought. He then critically reconstructs the key arguments of Anarchy, State, and Utopia, focusing on Nozicks doctrine of rights, his derivation of the minimal state, and his Entitlement Theory of Justice. Wolff subjects Nozicks reasoning to rigorous scrutiny and argues that, despite the seductive simplicity of Nozicks libertarianism, it is, in the end, neither plausible nor wholly coherent. The book concludes by assessing Nozicks place in contemporary political philosophy.
Good. A pleasant enough reading copy. Heavily faded at the spine otherwise a very well presented copy.
[IX] 168 pages. Index. Bibliography. 9″ x 6″.