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Robert Nozick (Contemporary Philosophy in Focus)

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ISBN-10: 0521782260
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"Together, the essays collected in this volume provide a fine tribute to one of the most wide-ranging and imaginative philosophers of our age." The Philosophical Review

Book Description

This is an introductory volume to Robert Nozick, one of the dominant philosophical thinkers of the current age, in a new series, Contemporary Philosophy in Focus.Nozick's famous book, Anarchy, State and Utopia (1974), presents the classic defense of the libertarian view that only a minimal state is just. Nozick has also made significant contributions to such areas as rational choice theory, ethics, epistemology and philosophy of mind.Outside philosophy the book will be of particular interest to professionals and students in political science, law, economics, sociology and psychology.

Product Details

  • Series: Contemporary Philosophy in Focus
  • Hardcover: 242 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (March 7, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521782260
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521782265
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,546,144 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A. Foster on July 12, 2005
Format: Paperback
The first thing you should realize about this book is that it is not a systematic introduction or explanation of Nozick - it is merely a collection of about 8 articles interpreting and criticizing fairly narrow areas of Nozick's thought.

The introduction or first chatper (don't remember which) provides a pretty good five page summary of Nozick's Anarchy, State and Utopia but the rest of the book is pretty worthless, pretty much like the journal articles you might expect to find if you searched for Nozick articles on JSTOR or EbscoHost or another online journal program.

If you can read the first chapter in a bookstore go for it, otherwise you are probably wasting your time and money.
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Format: Paperback
You need not know Nozick's work to get something out of this book. The keywords are Honest and Sincere Musings on issues as Nozick proclaimed of himself. Most of the various authors in this anthology do the same: give genuine and sincere thoughts rather than formal analytic theory. Whether or not they are doing so to follow Nozick's example or whether or not they are musing on Nozick or his ideas or instead musing on their own ideas, these authors mostly come up with insights free of artifice. In redoing my review here (July 2006) I decided the book should only have 3 stars though. Put into context of more profound readings I have been doing, 3 stars is where this book ranks. Still, you can't go wrong buying this book if you're in the mood for a more relaxed, but still philosophical, bout of reading. For more profundity go elsewhere. If you like, use the Amazon feature to see all my reviews.
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