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The Examined Life: Philosophical Meditations Paperback – December 15, 1990
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The title obviously comes from Socrates' famous line (challenge) in the Apology, and Nozick's answer is rich and full of blood. A set of meditations, touching upon one by one the significances of life, all flows forth and simply blooms from the opening line: "I want to think about living and what is important in life, to clarify my thinking-and also my life." The act of creation, sexuality, love (of parent, of child, of God), the nature of reality and its component dimensions, politics, eating, and much more are all probed, fleshed full and good.
The author's style is bold and broad: it charts new ground, it makes daring leaps from uncertain foundations. Yet, he remains modest and honest. Questions breed tentative answers and new questions: some are answered, some are ground into new questions once again. There is an unmistakable organic nature, and one is left with the warm reward of having more questions after finishing than one did when beginning. The meditations, each a chapter long, grow as crystalline lattices from little germs, pearls from simple sand. The prose is easy: the author, polite to the last, apologizes when brief incursions into metaphysics become necessary. And I, an atheist, was fascinated by these meditations on brahma and the Christian God, the creative guesses at age old paradoxes: why does He let evil things happen, and why is Enlightenment so hard to reach?Read more ›
This is not hard analytic philosophy. This is an examination of everyday concerns about life that apply to everyone and it is written for everyone, not just those of us with degrees in philosophy. For the lay person, it provides a glimps at how a philosopher might approach a problem, even one where a straight answer may not be possible. The nature of "Love's bond" for example may do little more than create a framework for how to think about one's intimate relationship, but it does it in such a way as to expose the reader to the economic analysis of human motivation and also to such things as the motivations that keep people ( or political groups ) from even offering conditional statements. Even his use of parenthetical digressions encourage the reader to go beyond what he is presenting and apply their own analysis to the sub-issue. True, things like the difference between making love and f...king may not be of great philosophical importance at university but his distinction is insightful and fun and the sort of subject matter that tittilates the neophyte in to wondering why they never looked at it that way. Then that neophyte might also wonder what else they should examine in that light.
These days the only political philosophy that seems to rule the land is pragmatism, the only debate on ethics is between relativism and absolutism, and the only exposure to epistomology is via cyberpunk and "the matrix.Read more ›
Nevertheless, the book is worth reading, if only because it reminds us where philosophy comes from and why we think in the first place. I disagreed with Nozick often and consider some of the chapters puff pieces, but I must admit that it's been a long time since I read a contemporary philosophical work that made me consider changing the way I think and act.
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Definitely not the usual self help book that proliferates on new age bookstores shelves, so if this is what you are looking for, one will be better served elsewhere. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Macaccus Rhesus
A worthwhile read but life does not need to be this complicated.
It is a worthwhile read but digest it as if you are eating an elephant; a chapter at a time
He writes exceptionally well, but this book isn't as philosophically rigorous as Philosophical Explanations (his best book) or Anarchy, State and Utopia. Read morePublished on November 22, 2013 by Karl Albert
happy with the book i got it was in the right condition and will use for my college studies. thank you for this book.Published on February 29, 2012 by Matthew
I bought this book, excited about the opportunity to read what purported to be a thoughtful man's ruminations about the big questions in life. Read morePublished on December 27, 2009 by Truth Seeker
Robert Nozick's first book, "Anarchy, State, and Utopia", has been widely touted as the philosophical bible of libertarianism in America, the most rigorous case ever argued against... Read morePublished on July 11, 2008 by Gio
This was the first book I read by Nozick, I have yet to read "Anarchy, State and Utopia" (It is on my wish list). Read morePublished on September 30, 2007 by M. Rao
I couldnt read this book beyond the first chapter. Long winding and boring. One of the dullest books on philosphy.Published on October 6, 2005 by Chandrima
In an Introduction to Philosophy course students are usually introduced to a whirlwind of different philosophers each with very different views. Read morePublished on August 30, 2005 by William S Jamison