Examined Life: Philosophical Meditations

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Simon and Schuster, Dec 15, 1990 - Philosophy - 308 pages
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One of this century’s most original philosophical thinkers, Nozick brilliantly renews Socrates’s quest to uncover the life that is worth living. In brave and moving meditations on love, creativity, happiness, sexuality, parents and children, the Holocaust, religious faith, politics, and wisdom, The Examined Life brings philosophy back to its preeminent subject, the things that matter most.

We join in Nozick’s reflections, weighing our experiences and judgments alongside those of past thinkers, to embark upon our own voyages of understanding and change.
 

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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 ... Read full review

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Had to read this book for my philosophy class and although there are several sections which are very interesting the book as a whole I found quite boring

Contents

Introduction
11
CONTENTS
14
Dying
20
Parents and Children
28
Creating
34
The Nature of God the Nature of Faith
46
The Holiness of Everyday Life
55
Sexuality
61
Value and Meaning
162
Importance and Weight
170
The Matrix of Reality
182
Darkness and Light
205
Theological Explanations
217
The Holocaust
236
Enlightenment
243
Giving Everything Its Due
253

Loves Bond
68
Emotions
87
Happiness
99
Focus
118
Being More Real
128
Selflessness
141
Stances
151
What Is Wisdom and Why Do Philosophers Love It So?
267
The Ideal and the Actual
279
The Zigzag of Politics
286
Philosophys Life
297
A Portrait of the Philosopher as a Young Man
303
INDEX OF NAMES
305
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Robert Nozick (1938-2002) is the author of Anarchy, State, and Utopia, which won a National Book Award in 1975, Philosophical Explanations, which received the Ralph Waldo Emerson Award, Phi Beta Kappa in 1982, and The Examined Life. He was the Arthur Kingsley Porter Professor of Philosophy at Harvard University.

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