The Examined Life

The Examined Life

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by Robert Nozick
     
 

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One of this century’s most original philosophical thinkers, Nozick brilliantly renews Socrates’s quest to uncover the life that is worth living. In brave and moving meditations on love, creativity, happiness, sexuality, parents and children, the Holocaust, religious faith, politics, and wisdom, The Examined Life brings philosophy back to its

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One of this century’s most original philosophical thinkers, Nozick brilliantly renews Socrates’s quest to uncover the life that is worth living. In brave and moving meditations on love, creativity, happiness, sexuality, parents and children, the Holocaust, religious faith, politics, and wisdom, The Examined Life brings philosophy back to its preeminent subject, the things that matter most.

We join in Nozick’s reflections, weighing our experiences and judgments alongside those of past thinkers, to embark upon our own voyages of understanding and change.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Nozick meditates on sex as the realm of one's strongest emotions, the ``we'' of a romantic couple, accepting death, the holiness in simple everyday acts, the need of each person to feel important, to feel she or he makes a difference. In 27 informal, pointed chapters the Harvard social thinker ( Anarchy, State, and Utopia; Philosophical Explanations ) fixes his attention on areas often glossed over in formal philosophy. What is creativity if there's nothing new under the sun? Is Zen-like enlightenment too good to be true? His answers to these and other questions are worth heeding in an accessible, novel discourse. A systematizer, Nozick constructs a matrix of reality's manifold dimensions (value, wisdom, destiny, etc.); he formulates ``principles of proportionality'' to help us give each thing its due weight. (Nov.)
Library Journal
Nozick here offers an illuminating discussion of such topics as death, sexuality, and friendship--concerns that everyone has but that have not often been discussed by analytic philosophers, among whom Nozick holds eminent rank. His consideration of broader questions--e.g., what is the nature of value?--leads him to extend the theory of value he developed in Philosophical Explanations ( LJ 11/1/81), and he unifies a wide range of phenomena that previous philosophers have been unable to connect as tightly. He also addresses theological concerns, throwing unexpected light on such topics as the nature of God and the problem of evil. Chapter 25, ``The Zig-Zag of Politics,'' will without doubt rivet political philosophers, for here Nozick recants in part the libertarianism he supported in Anarchy, State, and Utopia ( LJ 1/15/75). This strikingly original book will arouse much discussion. Highly recommended.-- David Gordon, Bowling Green State Univ., Ohio

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780671725013
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Publication date:
12/28/1990
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
301,169
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

Robert Nozick (1938-2002) is the author of Anarchy, State, and Utopia, which won a National Book Award in 1975, Philosophical Explanations, which received the Ralph Waldo Emerson Award, Phi Beta Kappa in 1982, and The Examined Life. He was the Arthur Kingsley Porter Professor of Philosophy at Harvard University.

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