2003年09月04日

Life of Liberty - Robert Nozick

R.エプスタインによるノージック評



これは、昨年(2002)、R.ノージックの訃報に寄せた文章である。



”Nozick\'s great work, Anarchy, State and Utopia, was published in 1974, when he was about 35 years old, to instant critical acclaim. It shows some influence of the Hayekian strands, but in many ways takes off in a very different direction. Nozick did not start his great intellectual journey with homage to custom of past practices. Rather, he gravitated to the rational analysis of which Hayek disapproved. For Nozick the point of departure was that great trope of political and legal philosophy, \"state of nature theory.\" He asked, as had others before him, the first hard question, which is why it is that there should be governments to which ordinary individuals owe any allegiance at all? In contrast to the strong collectivist urges of his time, Nozick pursued a fiendishly clever excursus into just about every corner of the world. Just recently, I have been working on some questions of animal rights, and sure enough, Anarchy, State and Utopia has some wise words of caution about efforts to disregard the interests of animals in dealing with philosophical pursuits.”


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