The View from Nowhere

The View from Nowhere

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Much philosophical debate has attempted to reconcile the human capacity to view the world both objectively and subjectively. Thomas Nagel's ambitious and lively book tackles this fundamental issue, arguing that our divided nature is the root of a whole range of philosophical problems, touching, as it does, every aspect of human life. He deals with its manifestations in such fields of philosophy as the mind-body problem, personal identity, knowledge and scepticism,
thought and reality, free will, and ethics.
From reviews of the hardback:

`Remarkable ... all of his discussions are clear and insightful, but some reach a level of originality and illumination that opens genuinely new avenues of philosophical thought ... a rare combination of profundity and clarity, along with simplicity of expression. It should be recommended to all those who are bored with or despair about philosophy.'
Times Literary Supplement
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Product details

  • Paperback | 254 pages
  • 136 x 204 x 13mm | 334g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Revised ed.
  • 0195056442
  • 9780195056440
  • 113,008

Table of contents

I: Introduction
II: Mind
III: Mind and Body
IV: The Objective Self
V: Knowledge
VI: Thought and Reality
VII: Freedom
VIII: Value
IX: Ethics
X: Living Right and Living Well
XI: Birth, Death, and the Meaning of Life
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`This is a book rich in insight and argument, written with elegant simplicity, and ... refreshingly modest in tone.' Inquiry
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`This is a book rich in insight and argument, written with elegant simplicity, and ... refreshingly modest in tone.' Inquiry
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About Thomas Nagel

Thomas Nagel is University Professor in the Department of Philosophy and the School of Law at New York University. His books include The Possibility of Altruism, The View from Nowhere, and What Does It All Mean?: A Very Short Introduction to Philosophy. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy. In 2008, he was awarded the Rolf Schock Prize in Logic and
Philosophy and the Balzan Prize in Moral Philosophy.
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