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Philosophy of Law I


Admission requirements

Admission to this course is restricted to MA students in Philosophy of a Specific Discipline, specialisation Philosophy of Law.


This year the theme of the seminar will be the legal philosophy of libertarianism. ‘Libertarianism’ is the label for a family of theories that emphasize the idea of selfownership and the possibility of full property rights in external resources. One of the most influential more or less contemporary formulations of this idea and its implications for law, politics and morality is Robert Nozick’s Anarchy, State and Utopia. In this seminar, we will study libertarian thought by a detailed lecture of Anarchy, State and Utopia, as well as some critical responses to the work and further developments of the crucial ideas proposed by Nozick.

Course objectives

Course objectives will be posted on Blackboard by the start of the course.


See Timetables Master’s Programmes 2010-2011

Mode of instruction


Assessment method

Two essays of max. 2500 words each.



Reading list

  • Nozick, Robert. Anarchy, State and Utopia. New York: Basic Books, 1974.

  • All other materials will be made available through blackboard.


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Contact information

Dr. B.J.E. Verbeek:


Language of instruction is English, unless all participants have a good enough working knowledge of Dutch.