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Monday, May 22, 2006

Examined Life

I'm in the middle of reading Robert Nozick's Examined Life. As you can see from the table of contents (below)
  1. Introduction
  2. Dying
  3. Parents and Children
  4. Creating
  5. The Nature of God, The Nature of Faith
  6. The Holiness of Everyday Life
  7. Sexuality
  8. Love's Bond
  9. Emotions
  10. Happiness
  11. Focus
  12. Being More Real
  13. Selflessness
  14. Stances
  15. Value and Meaning
  16. Importance and Weight
  17. The Matrix of Reality
  18. Darnkness and Light
  19. Theological Explanations
  20. The Holocaust
  21. Enlightenment
  22. Giving Everything Its Due
  23. What is Wisdom and Why to Philosophers Love It So?
  24. The Ideal and the Actual
  25. The Zigzag of Politics
  26. Philosophy's Life
  27. A Portrait of the Philosopher as a Young Man
Nozick has something to say about everything, and much of what he has to says is interesting if not entirely persuasive. I'm slugging through the middle sections on what is real (Ch. 12-17), and I like the framework, but the whole thing seems a bit more Platonically ideal than real. Nonetheless the categories he sets up seem useful and worth the effort.

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