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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 and Stalnaker's work was published in a series of papers from about 1968 onwards. Previously there hadn't been any generally accepted account of how ...


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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 information. That is, Nozick's claim is unjustified and probably mere polemics. 1. Distribution vs. political system What we are given are allocations (...


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