Robert Nozick
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"Robert Nozick" was an United States/American philosopher who was most prominent in the 1970s and 1980s. He was a professor at Harvard University. He is best known for his book Anarchy, State, and Utopia (1974), a libertarianism/libertarian answer to John Rawls' A Theory of Justice (1971). His other work involved decision theory and epistemology.

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There is no social entity with a good that undergoes some sacrifice for its own good. There are only individual people, different individual people, with their own individual lives. Using one of these people for the benefit of others, uses him and benefits the others. Nothing more.

Individuals have rights and there are things no person or group may do to them (without violating their rights).

Whoever makes something having bought or contracted for all other held resources used in the process (transferring some of his holdings for these cooperating factors), is entitled to it. The situation is not one of something's getting made, and there being an open question of who is to get it. Things come into the world already attached to people having entitlements over them.

From each as they choose, to each as they are chosen.