Thomas Nagel

Alan Thomas. Nagel, T. 1977a. “The Fragmentation of Value”. In Knowledge,
Value and Belief, D. Callahan & H. T. Engelhardt Jr, (eds), 279–94. Hastings-on-
the-Hudson, NY: Institute of Society, Ethics and the Life Sciences. Nagel, T.
1977b.

Thomas Nagel

Thomas Nagel

In the first systematic study of the philosophy of Thomas Nagel, Alan Thomas discusses Nagel's contrast between the "subjective" and the "objective" points of view throughout the various areas of his wide ranging philosophy. Nagel's original and distinctive contrast between the subjective view and our aspiration to a "view from nowhere" within metaphysics structures the chapters of the book. A "new Humean" in epistemology, Nagel takes philosophical scepticism to be both irrefutable and yet to indicate a profound truth about our capacity for self-transcendence. The contrast between subjective and objective views is then considered in the case of the mind, where consciousness proves to be the central aspect of mind that contemporary theorising fails to acknowledge adequately. The second half of the book analyses Nagel's work on moral and political philosophy where he has been most deeply influential. Topics covered include the contrast between agent-relative and agent-neutral reasons and values, Nagel's distinctive version of a hybrid ethical theory, his discussion of life's meaningfulness and finally his sceptical arguments about whether a liberal society can reconcile the conflicting moral demands of self and other.

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Thomas Nagel
Language: en
Pages: 256
Authors: Alan Thomas
Categories: Philosophy
Type: BOOK - Published: 2015-01-28 - Publisher: Routledge

In the first systematic study of the philosophy of Thomas Nagel, Alan Thomas discusses Nagel's contrast between the "subjective" and the "objective" points of view throughout the various areas of his wide ranging philosophy. Nagel's original and distinctive contrast between the subjective view and our aspiration to a "view from
Mortal Questions
Language: en
Pages:
Authors: Thomas Nagel
Categories: Philosophy
Type: BOOK - Published: 2012-03-26 - Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Thomas Nagel's Mortal Questions explores some fundamental issues concerning the meaning, nature and value of human life. Questions about our attitudes to death, sexual behaviour, social inequality, war and political power are shown to lead to more obviously philosophical problems about personal identity, consciousness, freedom and value. This original and
The View From Nowhere
Language: en
Pages: 244
Authors: Thomas Nagel
Categories: Foreign Language Study
Type: BOOK - Published: 1989-02-09 - Publisher: Oxford University Press

Discusses the mind-body problem, knowledge, personal identity, free will, ethics, death, reality, values, and the meaning of life.
The Last Word
Language: en
Pages: 160
Authors: Thomas Nagel
Categories: Philosophy
Type: BOOK - Published: 2001-11-01 - Publisher: Oxford University Press

If there is such a thing as reason, it has to be universal. Reason must reflect objective principles whose validity is independent of our point of view--principles that anyone with enough intelligence ought to be able to recognize as correct. But this generality of reason is what relativists and subjectivists
The Possibility of Altruism
Language: en
Pages: 160
Authors: Thomas Nagel
Categories: Social Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 2016-11-22 - Publisher: Princeton University Press

Just as there are rational requirements on thought, there are rational requirements on action. This book defends a conception of ethics, and a related conception of human nature, according to which altruism is included among the basic rational requirements on desire and action.

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