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Why Wilt Chamberlain Needs to Be Afraid of Water Holes

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Bastian Steuwer

London School of Economics, GB
About Bastian

I would like to thank Korbinian Rüger for valuable discussion and comments on earlier drafts of the essay.

MSc student in Philosophy of the Social Sciences at the (2014-15). He holds a bachelor degree in Philosophy and Politics. His interests are in moral, political, and legal philosophy. In particular, he is interested in egalitarianism and anti-positivist philosophy of law.

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Abstract

In this essay I argue that two parts of Robert Nozick’s theory, the Wilt Chamberlain example and the water hole example, are inconsistent. I argue that the water hole example requires an understanding of just actions which undermines the Wilt Chamberlain example. Furthermore, I argue that this is troubling because of the centrality of the Wilt Chamberlain example in Nozick’s theory. I also argue against the option to reject the water hole example as this creates tensions with Nozick’s reliance on Locke and moral intuitions.

How to Cite: Steuwer, B., 2015. Why Wilt Chamberlain Needs to Be Afraid of Water Holes. Rerum Causae, 7(2), pp.183–191.
Published on 01 Jul 2015.
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