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Justice - Lecture 7

Lecture 7 - The Minimal State and Possessive Libertarianism

- What basic rights does Nozick attribute to individuals, and why does he suppose that we have those rights?
- What is a minimal state, and does Nozick have a plausible story of how the state could emerge in a morally permissible way, without violating anyone's rights?
- How does the idea of equality before the law fit into Nozick's minimal state? Does the minimal state provide any assurance of a rule of law?
- Nozick says that people own themselves (pp. 171-172)? What does that mean? Do you agree?
- What does Nozick mean when he says that "liberty upsets patterns?"
- Is taxation on wages the moral equivalent of forced labor? Can you see any differences between taxation on earnings from labor and forced labor? Are these differences of moral significance?

Prof. Joshua Cohen
17.01J / 24.04J Justice
(Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare)
Date accessed: 2008-12-28
License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

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