The Examined Life

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The Examined Life
The Examined Life, first edition.jpg
Cover of the first edition
AuthorRobert Nozick
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
SubjectPhilosophy
PublisherSimon & Schuster
Publication date
1989
Media typePrint (Hardcover and Paperback)
Pages308
ISBN0-671-72501-7

The Examined Life is a 1989 collection of philosophical meditations by Robert Nozick.[1] The book drew a number of critical reactions.

Summary[edit]

Nozick's book is an attempt to "tackle human nature, the personal, 'the holiness of everyday life' and its meaning."[2] Nozick expresses his concerns with libertarianism and proposes some form of inheritance taxation.[3][4]

Reception[edit]

Denis Donoghue, writing in The Wilson Quarterly, praised The Examined Life but stated that it had some passages that were less strong than others.[5] The journalist Jane O'Grady, writing for The Guardian, called the work "disappointingly schmaltzy."[2]

The philosopher Anthony Quinton, writing in The Oxford Companion to Philosophy (1995; second edition 2005), described the book as "unkindly treated".[6]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Capaldi, Nicholas (1998). The Enlightenment Project in the Analytic Conversation. Springer. p. 371. ISBN 9780792350149.
  2. ^ a b O' Grady, Jane (January 26, 2002). "Robert Nozick: Leftwing political philosopher whose rightward shift set the tone for the Reagan-Thatcher era". The Guardian.
  3. ^ Wolff, Jonathan (1991). Robert Nozick: Property, Justice and the Minimal State. Stanford, California: Stanford University Press. p. 156. ISBN 0-8047-1856-3.
  4. ^ Guido Erreygers, Toon Vandevelde (1997). Is Inheritance Legitimate?: Ethical and Economic Aspects of Wealth Transfers. Springer. p. 8. ISBN 9783540627258.
  5. ^ Donoghue, Denis (Spring 1990). "The Examined Life: Philosophical Meditations by Robert Nozick (review)". The Wilson Quarterly. 14 (2): 92–94. JSTOR 40258049.
  6. ^ Quinton, Anthony (2005). Honderich, Ted (ed.). The Oxford Companion to Philosophy. New York: Oxford University Press. p. 740. ISBN 0-19-926479-1.