gr+-+Nozick+notes-2

gr+-+Nozick+notes-2 - Robert Nozick Anarchy, State, and...

Info iconThis preview shows pages 1–2. Sign up to view the full content.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Robert Nozick – Anarchy, State, and Utopia A response to Rawls’ Theory of Justice Core Value: Liberty Role of Govt: To protect the basic rights of individuals but nothing more i.e. it is not the job of the govt. to feed, or care for its citizens. Rights as side constraints vs. a utilitarianism of rights Both Rawl’s and Nozick reject utilitarianism 3 Principles 1) A person who acquires a holding in accordance with the principle of justice in acquisition is entitled to that holding. 2) A person who acquires a holding in accordance with the principle of justice in transfer, from someone else entitled to the holding, is entitled to the holding. 3) No one is entitled to a holding except by (repeated) application of 1 and 2. “The complete principle of distributive justice would say simply that a distribution is just if everyone is entitled to the holdings they possess under the distribution. A distribution is just if it arises from another just distribution by legitimate means. The legitimate means of moving from one distribution to another are specified by the principle of justice in transfer. The legitimate first “moves” are specified by the principle of justice in acquisition. Whatever arises from a just situation by just steps is itself just. Principle of Rectification “The existence of past injustice (previous violations of the first two principles of justice in holdings) raises the third major topic under justice in holdings: the rectification of injustice in holdings. If past injustice has shaped present holdings in various ways, some identifiable and some not, what now, if anything, ought to be done to rectify these injustices? What obligations do the performers of injustice have toward those whose
Background image of page 1

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full DocumentRight Arrow Icon
Image of page 2
This is the end of the preview. Sign up to access the rest of the document.

This note was uploaded on 01/27/2012 for the course PHI 2630 taught by Professor Tostenson during the Fall '08 term at University of Florida.

Page1 / 3

gr+-+Nozick+notes-2 - Robert Nozick Anarchy, State, and...

This preview shows document pages 1 - 2. Sign up to view the full document.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Ask a homework question - tutors are online