Journal of Libertarian Studies

Nozick and the Individualist Anarchist

The Journal of Libertarian Studies

Robert Nozick, in Anarchy, State, and Utopia presented his by-now-famous view that “a minimal state, limited to the narrow functions of protection against force, theft, fraud, enforcement of contracts, and so on, is justified.” He went on to say that only such a state is justified. Since then, the view has been frequently presented that a more extensive state than the one proposed by Nozick is warranted-as has the view that only a less extensive state, or no state at all, is morally permissible.

Volume 8, Number 1 (1986)


Young, Fredric C. “Nozick and the Individualist Anarchist.” Journal of Libertarian Studies 8, No. 1 (1986): 43–49.

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