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  • Full Title: Socratic Puzzles
  • Author(s): Robert Nozick
  • Year Published: 1997
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication Type: Academic
  • ISBN-10: 0-674-81653-6 (hardcover), 0-674-81654-4 (paperback)
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  • Description: This book is a collection of essays, most of which have nothing specific to do with Objectivism or Ayn Rand.


Chapters significantly related to Ayn Rand or Objectivism are indicated in bold.

Choice and Utility

  1. Coercion
  2. Newcomb's Problem and Two Principles of Choice
  3. Reflections on Newcomb's Problem
  4. Interpersonal Utility Theory
  5. On Austrian Methodology

Philosophy and Methodology

  1. Socratic Puzzles
  2. Experience, Theory, and Language
  3. Simplicity as Fall-Out
  4. Invisible-Hand Explanations

Ethics and Politics

  1. Moral Complications and Moral Structures
  2. On the Randian Argument
  3. Weighted Voting and "One-Man, One-Vote"

Discussions and Reviews

  1. Goodman, Nelson, on Merit, Aesthetic
  2. Who Would Choose Socialism?
  3. Why Do Intellectuals Oppose Capitalism?
  4. The Characteristic Features of Extremism
  5. War, Terrorism, Reprisals - Drawing Some Moral Lines
  6. Do Animals Have Rights?

Philosophical Fictions

  1. Fiction
  2. R.S.V.P. - A Story
  3. Testament
  4. Teleology

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