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Anarchy, State, and Utopia by Robert Nozick

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CHAPTER

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The State of Nature

INDIVIDUALS in Locke’s state of nature are in “a state of perfect freedom to order their actions and dispose of their possessions and persons as they think fit, within the bounds of the law of nature, without asking leave or dependency upon the will of any other man” (sect. 4).1 The bounds of the law of nature require that “no one ought to harm another in his life, health, liberty, or possessions” (sect. 6). Some persons transgress these bounds, “invading others’ rights and . . . doing hurt to one another,” ...

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