Canto Classics: Mortal Questions
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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 illuminating book aims at a form of understanding that is both theoretical and personal in its lively engagement with what are literally issues of life and death.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 226 pages
  • 138 x 215 x 13mm | 340g
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Worked examples or Exercises
  • 1107604710
  • 9781107604711
  • 65,338

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Thomas Nagel's Mortal Questions explore some fundamental issues concerning the meaning, nature and value of human life. Questions about our attitudes to death, sexual behavior, social inequality, war and political power are shown about personal identity, consciousness, freedom and value.
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Table of contents

Preface; Sources; 1. Death; 2. The absurd; 3. Moral luck; 4. Sexual perversion; 5. War and massacre; 6. Ruthlessness in public life; 7. The policy of preference; 8. Equality; 9. The fragmentation of value; 10. Ethics without biology; 11. Brain bisection and the unity of consciousness; 12. What is it like to be a bat?; 13. Panpsychism; 14. Subjective and objective; Index.
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'These essays ... convey to an interested non-philosopher a real sense of the excitement and significance of philosophical enquiry.' R. A. Duff, The Literary Review '... a fine achievement. Few professional philosophers have written so rationally and agreeably on such a variety of difficult and serious problems.' P. F. Strawson, New York Review of Books 'Thomas Nagel writes with all the clarity and all the plainness of style that analytical philosophers have always admired ... if anyone can seize and keep the general reader's attention, it must be Thomas Nagel with this book.' New Statesman ???These essays ... convey to an interested non-philosopher a real sense of the excitement and significance of philosophical enquiry.??? R. A. Duff, The Literary Review ???... a fine achievement. Few professional philosophers have written so rationally and agreeably on such a variety of difficult and serious problems.??? P. F. Strawson, New York Review of Books ???Thomas Nagel writes with all the clarity and all the plainness of style that analytical philosophers have always admired ... if anyone can seize and keep the general reader??'s attention, it must be Thomas Nagel with this book.??? New Statesman
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About Thomas Nagel

Thomas Nagel wurde am 4. Juli 1937 in Belgrad geboren, kam aber bereits 1939 in die Vereinigten Staaten und wuchs in New York auf: 1958 schloss er seine Studien an der Cornell University ab, studierte in Oxford und in Harvard und nahm später Lehrtätigkeiten u. a. in Berkeley und in Princeton auf. Gegenwärtig lehrt er an der New York University School of Law. Für sein Werk wurde er u. a. mit dem Balzan-Preis ausgezeichnet.
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