Professor of Philosophy and in Medical Ethics

ROBERT NOZICK (1938–2002)

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Department of Philosophy, where Nozick was Joseph Pellegrino University Professor.

See my Ph.D. dissertation,
Rights, Paternalism, and the State. A Kantian Exploration of Nozick’s Political Thought, 1997.
See also my article «Nozick's libertarian extremism and post libertarianism», 2005; in Norwegian only: «
Nozicks libertarianske ekstremisme og post-libertarianisme» in


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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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. (Nozick describes his experience of having a life-threatening disease, which he knew was likely to kill him, in the Introduction of Socratic Puzzles.)

Obituary in

Professor Robert Nozick
By Alan Ryan

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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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


Why Do Intellectuals Oppose Capitalism? January/February 1998, Vol. 20 No. 1


Books about Nozick

Robert Nozick: Property, Justice, and the Minimal State

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, by Giovanna Borradori, Professor of Philosophy.

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