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Jan Narveson

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Jan Narveson (b. 1936 in Erskine, Minnesota, USA), is a Professor of Philosophy at the University of Waterloo, in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. A libertarian and contractarian, Narveson's form of right-libertarianism is deeply influenced by that of Robert Nozick and David Gauthier.

Narveson studied at the University of Chicago where he obtained a B.A. in Political Science and in Philosophy, then spent a year at Oxford University (1959-60) on a travelling Fellowship before earning a PhD at Harvard University in 1961. His main work and manifesto is The Libertarian Idea (1998). He has published many other works on government political philosophy, notably Respecting Persons in Theory and Practice (2002), a collection of essays spanning his entire career.

Narverson is a member of the Ontario Libertarian Party's Ethics Committee, and founder/president of the Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber Music Society, the theatre for which is an addition on his home. In 2003 he was awarded the Order of Canada.

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  • A review (http://www.dailyapology.com/2005/06/belated-book-review-narvesons.html) of Narveson's The Libertarian Idea and Respecting Persons in Theory and Practice
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