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This site is devoted to advancing the rights-based political philosophy first articulated by John Locke and championed prominently in our day by the late Robert Nozick in his classic Anarchy, State, and Utopia [1974].  It will do so by explaining minimal state libertarianism in a way that is accessible to the intelligent general reader and by hosting a forum that will subject its key ideas to scrutiny and debate.

I make my own modest contribution to this cause in my book, Nozick’s Libertarian Project: An Elaboration and Defense (London: Continuum International, 2011). I have a second book on this subject, Libertarian Philosophy in the Real World: The Politics of Natural Rights, forthcoming at the end of this year. For additional information about libertarianism, this site, my book, and your host, please follow the links to the left.

New on the Blog

Danny Frederick’s Review of NLP in Reason Papers

Reply to Danny Frederick’s Review Essay of Nozick’s Libertarian Project (“NLP”), in Reason Papers Vol. 36, no. 1 (henceforth “RP”)

I wish to start by thanking Danny Frederick for investing his time in reading and carefully critiquing my book. If all critics were as meticulous and fair as Danny has been to me, there would be far more constructive engagement between philosophers, and much less of theorists fruitlessly talking past each other. I concentrate below on which I regard as the key points raised in his Review EssayContinue Reading »

Just Published Review of NLP by Danny Frederick

My book, Nozick’s Libertarian Project: An Elaboration and Defense, was very recently reviewed by Danny Frederick in the philosophy journal Reason Papershttp://reasonpapers.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/rp_361_12.pdf. At this point, I simply wish to thank Danny for the care and attention he invested in closely reading NLP, and for his fair and honest review and critique. Within a couple of weeks I hope to produce a substantive response, which I will publish here. Continue Reading »