Locke, Nozick and the state of nature

@article{Bruner2020LockeNA,
  title={Locke, Nozick and the state of nature},
  author={Justin P. Bruner},
  journal={Philosophical Studies},
  year={2020},
  volume={177},
  pages={705-726}
}
Recently, philosophers have drawn on tools from game theory to explore behavior in Hobbes’ state of nature (Vanderschraaf in Econ Philos 22:243–279, 2006 ; Chung in J Am Philos Assoc 1:485–508, 2015 ). I take a similar approach and argue the Lockean state of nature is best conceived of as a conflictual coordination game. I also discuss Nozick’s famous claim regarding the emergence of the state and argue the path to the minimal state is blocked by a hitherto unnoticed free-rider problem. Finally… Expand
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