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Department of Philosophy, where Robert Nozick (1938-2002) was Joseph Pellegrino University Professor.

My PhD dissertation (1997; free download
here), although Immanuel Kant also has an important place in it, is mainly about the political philosophy of Robert Nozick. See also my article «Nozick's libertarian extremism and post libertarianism» (2005); in Norwegian only: «Nozicks libertarianske ekstremisme og post-libertarianisme».

I had the pleasure of meeting and discussing with Nozick in Oslo, Norway, at an early stage of my work (in 1993), and on this occasion I also met his wife, poet
Gjertrud Schnackenberg.

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Anarchy, State, and Utopia (1974) is one of the classics of political philosophy of the 20th Century and the book for which he became famous:

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His interests in philosophy were however wide indeed and most of what he wrote is to be found in other areas of philosophy. Nozick was
born in Brooklyn, New York. He died of stomach cancer at the age of 63 − see obituaries below. (Nozick describes his experience of having a life-threatening disease, which he knew was likely to kill him, in the Introduction of Socratic Puzzles.)

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Find books by Nozick at

Three essays by him available online:


Why Do Intellectuals Oppose Capitalism?

Assisted Suicide: The Philosophers' Brief (joint amicus brief to the US Supreme Court on assisted suicide, by Ronald Dworkin, Thomas Nagel, Robert Nozick, John Rawls, T.M. Scanlon, Judith Jarvis Thomson), in Volume 44, Number 5 · March 27, 1997 of

Philosopher Nozick dies at 63.
University professor was major intellectual figure of 20th century.
By Ken Gewertz

Life of Liberty.
Robert Nozick, R.I.P.
By Richard A. Epstein

Robert Nozick, Philosopher of Liberty.
By Roderick T. Long

A summary of the political philosophy of Robert Nozick.
By R. N. Johnson

Robert Nozick, Libertarianism, And Utopia.
By Jonathan Wolff, who has also written the highly recommendable book Robert Nozick: Property, Justice, and the Minimal State (Key Contemporary Thinkers).

this book:


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See also Robert Nozick (Contemporary Philosophy in Focus):

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As well as
The American Philosopher: Conversations with Quine, Davidson, Putnam, Nozick, Danto, Rorty, Cavell, MacIntyre, and Kuhn. (Read about the latter book at the author’s home page.)

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