In this highly original work, Robert Nozick develops new views on philosophy's central topics and weaves them into a unified philosophical perspective. It is many years since a major work in English has ranged so widely over philosophy's fundamental concerns: the identity of the self, knowledge and skepticism, free will, the question of why there is something rather than nothing, the foundations of ethics, the meaning of life.
Writing in a distinctive and personal philosophical voice, Mr. Nozick presents a new mode of philosophizing. In place of the usual semi-coercive philosophical goals of proof, of forcing people to accept conclusions, this book seeks philosophical explanations and understanding, and thereby stays truer to the original motivations for being interested in philosophy.
Combining new concepts, daring hypotheses, rigorous reasoning, and playful exploration, the book exemplifies how philosophy can be part of the humanities.
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Review: Philosophical ExplanationsUser Review - David Gross - Goodreads
I skimmed most of it. I didn't find it nearly as engaging as Anarchy State and Utopia. Read full review
Review: Philosophical ExplanationsUser Review - Ebnarabi - Goodreads
i find the best parts of the book are epistemology( the tracking theory.... etc), and the meaning of life.... further, the expostion of 'why there is something rather than nothing' is a must read. Read full review
The Identity of the Self
Why Is There Something Rather Than Nothing?
Knowledge and Skepticism
Foundations of Ethics
The Structure of Ethical Pull
Fact and Value
The Basis of Value
Philosophy and the Meaning of Life