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How would Robert Nozick and Ayn Rand respond to the following moral dilemma?

You should stop conflating people like Friedman with Ayn Rand. Friedman was far less consistent than Rand in his advocacy of freedom. So I'm going to address the sort of thing I think Rand would say. ...
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Do libertarians like Robert Nozick and Ayn Rand agree with the idea of enforcing intellectual property?

Some libertarians oppose patents and copyrights in principle, see Kinsella's manifesto Against Intellectual Property. A common view is that due to its reproducibility (e.g. "theft" does not deprive ...
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Mill's Proof and Nozick's Experience Machine

Excellent question. J.S. Mill regarded the Greatest Happiness Principle as the moral truth. The principle states that "actions are right in proportion as they tend to promote happiness, wrong as they ...
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Why does Nozick rely on closest possible world in his tracking theory?

At the time Nozick wrote Philosophical Explanations, the theories of conditionals advanced by David Lewis and Robert Stalnaker were still fairly new. Lewis' book Counterfactuals was published in 1973 ...
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How does Nozick's analysis of knowledge evade brain in a vat counterexamples?

Nozick does not evade such examples, he bites the bullet on their consequences. Since the tracking/sensitivity conditions (the last two bullets of the OP) are fulfilled the brain in a vat (BIV) does ...
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Understanding Rawls and Nozick

A new government wants to take control. They want to give everyone $5 a month. Because they believe that is equality. There are rich people and poor people. So if the government gives $5 to everyone ...
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Nozick's truth tracking theory?

▻ NOZICK'S CONDITIONS On Nozick's analysis, S knows that p if and only if (1) p is true. (2) S believes, via method or way of coming to believe M, that p. (3) If p weren't true and S ...
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Why did Nozick write both 'different' and 'differential' in the same paragraph?

'Different' and 'differential' are not synonymous. The phrases 'differential entitlements' and 'differential deserts' have meanings that cannot be captured with 'different entitlements' and 'different ...
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Libertarianism and scarcity

The question is what would libertarian morality say to a person who wonders whether it is morally permissible for him to save his own life by taking a bottle of water, which belongs to someone else. ...
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Why does Hart find Nozick's refutation of utilitarianism paradoxical?

Reading the quote just in isolation it is very confusing, and the way Wacks clips it does not help (at least just reading that page doesn't help much). Let's explain it as follows: Nozick's ...
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Which distribution is allowed by Rawls's difference principle?

Technically, both are allowed. But that's not the real question here. The question is which scenario would be chosen in a Rawlsian Original Position. To decide that, I would argue, there isn't enough ...
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Why did Nozick write both 'different' and 'differential' in the same paragraph?

'Differential' in this context means differences in outcome based on some natural or well-ordered dimension or dimensions. For example, innate differences in size and physical strength predicate ...
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DIFFERENCE PRINCIPLE DEFINED by Rawls vs Nozick

Nozick's objection to Rawls' 'difference principle' is that it is a patterned principle. This means that it considers, without regard to how actual distributions of property or entitlements ('goods' ...
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According to Nozick people should not view goods like property and wealth as a gift from heaven

Central to Nozick's position is a belief in individual property rights or 'holdings'. He believes that provided individuals have gained their property by just acquisition and just exchange - the ...
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Mill's Proof and Nozick's Experience Machine

What is happiness or pleasure??? Depending on the answer, you question can be either meaningful or meaningless. Philosophers have offered at least four different answers. happiness = hedonistic ...
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Do libertarians like Robert Nozick and Ayn Rand agree with the idea of enforcing intellectual property?

I can't resist to make two general remarks: The principle "to enjoy the fruits of one's talent and labor" is a meritocratic principle. If Libertarianism would be about meritocracy, ...
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How would Robert Nozick and Ayn Rand respond to the following moral dilemma?

Rand's thoughts on this issue can be gleaned from her published work on the ethics of what she called "lifeboat situations", where a person is placed in a situation where they can only survive by ...
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How would Robert Nozick and Ayn Rand respond to the following moral dilemma?

Nobody can know what Rand or Nozick would have said, but here is what they should have said: Suppose the medicine costs, say, $100, and that a healthy infant has a 1% chance of someday needing it. ...
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How would Robert Nozick and Ayn Rand respond to the following moral dilemma?

In general, an Objectivist would say that a government should not use force to take property from its owner and give it to another. This really reduces down to the old philosophical gotcha 'is it ok ...
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