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Nozick, Robert

Robert Nozick (1938–2002), political philosopher and Pellegrino University Professor at Harvard, is best known in business ethics circles for his groundbreaking work in political philosophy, Anarchy, State, and Utopia. In this, his first book, Nozick presents a rights-based approach to ethics and a systematized defense of free market capitalism. It is often juxtaposed with fellow Harvard philosopher John Rawls’s A Theory of Justice, which was published just 3 years earlier.

In this seminal work, Nozick grounds his political theory in the argument that humans have a fundamental, natural right to be free from force and fraud. They are, therefore, entitled to property that is obtained without force or fraud, as long as they employ what he calls justice in acquisition, which involves the attainment of previously ...

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