more from Robert Nozick

Single Idea 18645

[catalogued under 25. Social Practice / C. Rights / 4. Property rights]

Full Idea

Nozick assumes that the initial distribution of holdings includes full property-rights over them, ..but our preferred theory may not involve distributing such particular rights to particular people. ...The legitimacy of such rights is what is in question.

Gist of Idea

Nozick assumes initial holdings include property rights, but we can challenge that


comment on Robert Nozick (Anarchy,State, and Utopia [1974]) by Will Kymlicka - Contemporary Political Philosophy (1st edn) 4.1.c

Book Reference

Kymlicka,Will: 'Contemporary Political Philosophy (1st edn)' [OUP 1992], p.102

A Reaction

[somewhat compressed] All of these political philosophies seem to have questionable values (such as freedom or equality) built into their initial assumptions.