First Edition of Philosophical Explanations; Inscribed by Robert Nozick to Hilary Putnam

  • Philosophical Explanations.

Philosophical Explanations.


Item Number: 88089

Cambridge, MA: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1981.

First edition of Nozick’s metaphysical, epistemological, and ethical treatise. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper to fellow philosopher Hilary Putnam and his wife, “August, 1981 For Hilary and Ruth Anna Fondly, Bob.” Nozick and Putnam were colleagues at Harvard University. Fine in a very good dust jacket with some wear and a few small chips. An exceptional association, linking these two giant intellects.

"An important book...[Nozick is] a philosopher who is answering the questions posed by such philosophers as Kierkegaard, Sartre, Marcel and Buber with the aid of tools produced by such very different philosophers as W. V. Quine, Saul Kripke and Hilary Putnam...[He displays a] striking and imaginative originality. For he does nothing less than propose a new way of doing philosophy...Perhaps one good way for the serious general reader to attack this often difficult but always rewarding book would be to begin at the end. First read the fine last chapter on 'Philosophy and the Meaning of Life'...It should then be very clear why it is important for you, whoever you are, to go back and read the rest of this book" (Alasdair MacIntyre New York Times Book Review). Michael E. Bratman describes Philosophical Explanations as "a rich and wide-ranging exploration of some of the deepest issues in philosophy." He praises Nozick's discussion of free will, writing that there is much about it that is, "fascinating, suggestive, and worth our further reflection."

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