Robert Nozick’s Anarchy, State, and Utopia made libertarianism a major theory in political philosophy. However, the book is often misread as making impractical, question-begging arguments on the basis of a libertarian self-ownership principle. This essay explains how academic philosophical libertarianism since Robert Nozick has returned to its humanistic, classical liberal roots. Contemporary libertarians largely work within the the PPE (politics, philosophy, and economics) tradition and do what Michael Huemer calls “non-ideal, non-theory”.
Examines multiple arguments in favor of a living wage and finds they all fail. Most arguments fail to specify why employers, as opposed to say the government, specifically have a duty to pay a living wage.
1. Everyone is reading Nozick wrong
2. David Sobel's critique of self-ownership is both irrelevant and uninteresting
3. The Myth of Ownership is mistaken
4. Self-ownership is a conclusion, not a premise, and all liberals subscribe to a version of it, even if they say they don't.