Robert Nozick
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Series: Philosophy Now
Author(s): A. R. Lacey  
ISBN: 1902683250
ISBN-13: 9781902683256
Publication Date: 17/05/2001
Pages: 256 (216 x 138mm)
Format: Paperback
Published Price: £16.99
Discount Price: £13.59
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Although best known for the hugely influential Anarchy, State and Utopia, Robert Nozick (1938–2002) eschewed the label "political philosopher" because the vast majority of his writings and attention have focused on other areas. Indeed the breadth of Nozick's work is perhaps greater than that of any other contemporary philosopher. This book is the first to give full and proper discussion of Nozick's philosophy as a whole, including his influential work on the theory of knowledge, his notion of "tracking the truth", his metaphysical writings on personal identity and free will, his evolutionary account of rationality, his varying treatments of Newcomb's paradox and his ideas on the meaning of life. Illuminating and informative, the book will be welcomed as an authoritative guide to Nozick's philosophical thinking.


"Lacey presents Nozick's views lucidly, and ably assembles the major critical engagements of his thought. The entirety of the presentation is both accessible and engaging … the book succeeds gallantly in its objective of giving non-experts an introduction to Nozick's body of work." – Political Studies

"A thoroughly readable introduction to Nozick's philosophy that will doubtless inform one's opinions and understanding of Nozick." – Studies in Social and Political Thought

"An extremely well done, detailed critical survey of Nozick's philosophical writings and reactions to them. I greatly enjoyed reading it." – Gilbert Harman, Princeton University

A. R. Lacey was formerly Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at King's College London.

1. Introduction
2. Anarchy, State and Utopia: the moral basis
3. Anarchy, State and Utopia: the political outcome
4. The later ethics and politics
5. Epistemology
6. Rationality
7. Metaphysics I: personal identity
8. Metaphysics II: explaining existence
9. Metaphysics III: free will and retribution
10. The meaning of life
Guide to further reading

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