Inspirational Robert Nozick Quotes

Robert Nozick (November 16, 1938 – January 23, 2002) was an American philosopher. This post features some Inspirational Robert Nozick Quotes.

He held the Joseph Pellegrino University Professorship at Harvard University, and was president of the American Philosophical Association. He is best known for his book Anarchy, State, and Utopia (1974), a libertarian answer to John Rawls’ A Theory of Justice (1971). His other work involved decision theory and epistemology.

Robert Nozick Quotes
Robert Nozick Quotes

Robert Nozick Quotes

“And although it might be best of all to be Socrates satisfied, having both happiness and depth, we would give up some happiness in order to gain the depth.”
― Robert Nozick

“There is room for words on subjects other than last words.”
― Robert Nozick

“When I was 15 years old, or 16, I carried around on the streets of Brooklyn a paperback copy of Plato’s Republic, front cover facing outward. I had read only some of it and understood less, but I was excited by it and knew it was something wonderful.”
― Robert Nozick

“Individuals have rights and there are things no person or group may do to them (without violating their rights).”
― Robert Nozick

“Once a person exists, not everything compatible with his overall existence being a net plus can be done, even by those who created him. An existing person has claims, even against those whose purpose in creating him was to violate those claims.”
― Robert Nozick

“Only the refusal to listen guarantees one against being ensnared by the truth.”
― Robert Nozick

“What persons may and may not do to one another limits what they may do through the apparatus of a state, or do to establish such an apparatus.”
― Robert Nozick

“With some justice, I think, I could claim that it is all right as a beginning to leave a principle in a somewhat fuzzy state; the primary question is whether something like it will do. This claim, however, would meet a frosty reception from those many proponents of another principle scrutinized in the next chapter, if they knew how much harder I shall be on their principle than I am here on mine. Fortunately, they don’t know that yet.”
― Robert Nozick

“Maximising the average utility allows a person to kill everyone else if that would make him ecstatic, and so happier than average.”
― Robert Nozick

“Whatever the practical origins of aesthetic discernment may have been, it has been used to create great works of art. When the very loftiest human creations are seen to derive from humble origins and functions, what needs revision is not our esteem for these creations but our notion of nobility.”
Robert Nozick quotes

“If someone picks up a third party and throws him at you down at the bottom of a deep well…may you use your ray gun to disintegrate the falling body before it crushes and kills you?”
― Robert Nozick

“Our principles fix what our life stands for, our aims create the light our life is bathed in, and our rationality, both individual and coordinate, defines and symbolizes the distance we have come from mere animality. It is by these means that our lives come to more than what they instrumentally yield. And by meaning more, our lives yield more.”
― Robert Nozick

“Is there really someone who, searching for a group of wise and sensitive persons to regulate him for his own good, would choose that group of people that constitute the membership of both houses of Congress?”
― Robert Nozick

“Our main conclusions about the state are that a minimal state, limited, to the narrow functions of protection against force, theft, fraud, enforcement of contracts, and so on, is justified, but any more extensive state will violate persons’ rights not to be forced to do certain things, and is unjustified; and that the minimal state is inspiring as well as right.”
― Robert Nozick

“There is no social entity with a good that undergoes some sacrifice for its own good. There are only individual people, different individual people, with their own individual lives. Using one of these people for the benefit of others, uses him and benefits the others. Nothing more.”
― Robert Nozick

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