From Publishers Weekly
Everyday emotions and events including romance, sex, self-worth and creativity are not often the focus of formal philosophy, but are questioned and analyzed here by Harvard social thinker Nozick. PW found this "an accessible, novel discourse."
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From 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
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