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[From] Anarchy, State, and Utopia. ROBERT NOZICK. The subject of justice in holdings consists of three major topics. The first is the original acquisition of. Robert Nozick's Anarchy, State, and Utopia is a powerful, philosophical challenge to the most Crypto Anarchy, Cyberstates, and Pirate Utopias - Monoskop. - The Cambridge Companion to Nozick's Anarchy, State, and Utopia. Frontmatter. More information. Edited by Ralf M. Bader and John.
IF the state did not exist would it be necessary to invent it? Would one be needed, and would it have to be invented? These questions arise for political philosophy and for a theory explaining political phenomena and are answered by investigating the "stare of nature," to use the terminology of traditional political theory.
The justification for resuscitating this archaic notion would have to be the fruitfulness, interest, and far-reaching implications of the theory that results.
For the less trusting readers who desire some assurance in advance, this chapter discusses reasons why it is im- portant to pursue stare-of-nature theory, reasons for thinking that theory would be a fruitful one. These reasons necessarily are some- what abstract and merarheorerical. The best reason is the developed theory itself.
Since anarchist theory, if tenable, undercuts the whole subject of political philosophy, it is appropriate to begin political philosophy with an examination of its major theoretical alternative. Those who consider anarchism not an unattractive doctrine will think it possible that political philosophy ends here as well.
Others impa- tiently will await what is to come afterwards. Yet, as we shall see, archists and anarchists alike, those who spring gingerly from the starting point as well as those reluctantly argued away from it, can agree that beginning the subject of political philosophy with state- of-nature theory has an explanatory purpose.
Also, there might still be independents who apply methods that it disapproves of to other independents with unreliable procedures.
This part of the book is a refutation of that claim, showing that some states could be formed by a series of legitimate steps. It is presumably organized more like a company and, more importantly, there still exist independents. But it is the sole effective judge over the permissibility of violence.
Compensating is a moral obligation. It just happens if it decides to give the protection it owes. This provides him with a significant difference between a protection agency's prohibitions against procedures it deems unreliable or unfair, and other prohibitions that might seem to go too far, such as forbidding others to join another protective agency. Nozick's principle does not disallow others from doing so. Distributive justice[ edit ] Nozick's discussion of Rawls's theory of justice raised a prominent dialogue between libertarianism and liberalism.
He sketches an entitlement theory, which states, "From each as they choose, to each as they are chosen". It comprises a theory of 1 justice in acquisition; 2 justice in rectification if 1 is violated rectification which might require apparently redistributive measures ; 3 justice in holdings, and 4 justice in transfer.
Assuming justice in acquisition, entitlement to holdings is a function of repeated applications of 3 and 4. Nozick's entitlement theory is a non-patterned historical principle.
Almost all other principles of distributive justice egalitarianism, utilitarianism are patterned principles of justice. Such principles follow the form, "to each according to He asks us to assume that the original distribution in society, D1, is ordered by our choice of patterned principle, for instance Rawls's Difference Principle.
Wilt Chamberlain is an extremely popular basketball player in this society, and Nozick further assumes 1 million people are willing to freely give Chamberlain 25 cents each to watch him play basketball over the course of a season we assume no other transactions occur. This new distribution in society, call it D2, obviously is no longer ordered by our favored pattern that ordered D1. However Nozick argues that D2 is just.
For if each agent freely exchanges some of his D1 share with the basketball player and D1 was a just distribution we know D1 was just, because it was ordered according to the favored patterned principle of distribution , how can D2 fail to be a just distribution?
Thus Nozick argues that what the Wilt Chamberlain example shows is that no patterned principle of just distribution will be compatible with liberty. In order to preserve the pattern, which arranged D1, the state will have to continually interfere with people's ability to freely exchange their D1 shares, for any exchange of D1 shares explicitly involves violating the pattern that originally ordered it.
Nozick analogizes taxation with forced labor, asking the reader to imagine a man who works longer to gain income to download a movie ticket and a man who spends his extra time on leisure for instance, watching the sunset. What, Nozick asks, is the difference between seizing the second man's leisure which would be forced labor and seizing the first man's goods?
These principles involve a shift from the classical liberals' notion of self ownership to a notion of partial property rights in other people. After considering some preliminary objections, he "adds an additional bit of complexity" to the structure of the entitlement theory by refining Locke's proviso that "enough and as good" must be left in common for others by one's taking property in an unowned object. Nozick favors a "Lockean" proviso that forbids appropriation when the position of others is thereby worsened.
For instance, appropriating the only water hole in a desert and charging monopoly prices would not be legitimate.
But in line with his endorsement of the historical principle, this argument does not apply to the medical researcher who discovers a cure for a disease and sells for whatever price he will.
Nor does Nozick provide any means or theory whereby abuses of appropriation—acquisition of property when there is not enough and as good in common for others—should be corrected. Nozick asks why the well-off would be obliged, due to their inequality and for the sake of social cooperation, to assist the worse-off and not have the worse-off accept the inequality and benefit the well-off.
Furthermore, Rawls's idea regarding morally arbitrary natural endowments comes under fire; Nozick argues that natural advantages that the well-off enjoy do not violate anyone's rights and that, therefore, the well-off have a right to them. He also states that Rawls's proposal that inequalities be geared toward assisting the worse-off is morally arbitrary in itself.
Original position[ edit ] Nozick's opinions on historical entitlement ensures that he naturally rejects the Original Position since he argues that in the Original Position individuals will use an end-state principle to determine the outcome, whilst he explicitly states the importance of the historicity of any such decisions for example punishments and penalties will require historical information.
Equality, envy, and exploitation[ edit ] Nozick presses "the major objection" to theories that bestow and enforce positive rights to various things such as equality of opportunity, life, and so on.
People desirous of more money might "hit upon the idea of incorporating themselves, raising money by selling shares in themselves. Though perhaps no one sells himself into utter slavery, there arises through voluntary exchanges a "very extensive domination" of some person by others.
This intolerable situation is avoided by writing new terms of incorporation that for any stock no one already owning more than a certain number of shares may download it. As the process goes on, everyone sells off rights in themselves, "keeping one share in each right as their own, so they can attend stockholders' meetings if they wish.
There is a great dispersal of shares such that almost everybody is deciding about everybody else.
The system is still unwieldy, so a "great consolidational convention" is convened for downloading and selling shares, and after a "hectic three days lo and behold! So now there can be just one meeting in which everything is decided for everybody.