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Nagel, Thomas 1937-

Works: 170 works in 963 publications in 15 languages and 31,485 library holdings
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Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Author of introduction, wac, Creator, 070, Compiler
Classifications: B945.N333, 100
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The last word by Thomas Nagel( )

58 editions published between 1996 and 2017 in 7 languages and held by 2,850 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In "The Last Word", Thomas Nagel, one of the most influential philosophers writing in English, presents a sustained defense of reason against the attacks of subjectivism, delivering systematic rebuttals of relativistic claims with respect to language, logic, science, and ethics. He shows that the last word in disputes about the objective validity of any form of thought must lie in some unqualified thoughts about how things are - thoughts that we cannot regard from outside as mere psychological dispositions. His work sets a new standard in the debate on this crucially important question and should generate intense interest both within and outside the philosophical community
Mortal questions by Thomas Nagel( Book )

142 editions published between 1979 and 2019 in 9 languages and held by 2,627 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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
Mind and cosmos : why the materialist neo-Darwinian conception of nature is almost certainly false by Thomas Nagel( )

44 editions published between 2010 and 2019 in 8 languages and held by 2,301 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The modern materialist approach to life has conspicuously failed to explain such central mind-related features of our world as consciousness, intentionality, meaning, and value. This failure to account for something so integral to nature as mind, argues philosopher Thomas Nagel, is a major problem, threatening to unravel the entire naturalistic world picture, extending to biology, evolutionary theory, and cosmology. Since minds are features of biological systems that have developed through evolution, the standard materialist version of evolutionary biology is fundamentally incomplete. And the cosmological history that led to the origin of life and the coming into existence of the conditions for evolution cannot be a merely materialist history, either. An adequate conception of nature would have to explain the appearance in the universe of materially irreducible conscious minds, as such. Nagel's skepticism is not based on religious belief or on a belief in any definite alternative. In Mind and Cosmos, he does suggest that if the materialist account is wrong, then principles of a different kind may also be at work in the history of nature, principles of the growth of order that are in their logical form teleological rather than mechanistic. In spite of the great achievements of the physical sciences, reductive materialism is a world view ripe for displacement. Nagel shows that to recognize its limits is the first step in looking for alternatives, or at least in being open to their possibility.--Publisher description
A brief inquiry into the meaning of sin and faith : with "on my religion" by John Rawls( )

30 editions published between 2009 and 2021 in 4 languages and held by 2,263 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"John Rawls never published anything about his own religious beliefs, but after his death two texts were discovered which shed extraordinary light on the subject. A Brief Inquiry into the Meaning of Sin and Faith is Rawls's undergraduate senior thesis, submitted in December 1942, just before he entered the army. At that time Rawls was deeply religious; the thesis is a significant work of theological ethics, of interest both in itself and because of its relation to his mature writings. "On My Religion," a short statement drafted in 1997, describes the history of his religious beliefs and attitudes toward religion, including his abandonment of orthodoxy during World War II." "The present volume includes these two texts, together with an Introduction by Joshua Cohen and Thomas Nagel, which discusses their relation to Rawls s published work, and an essay by Robert Merrihew Adams, which places the thesis in its theological context." "The texts display the profound engagement with religion that forms the background of Rawls's later views on the importance of separating religion and politics. Moreover, the moral and social convictions that the thesis expresses in religious form are related in illuminating ways to the central ideas of Rawls's later writings. His notions of sin, faith, and community are simultaneously moral and theological, and prefigure the moral outlook found in Theory of Justice."--Jacket
Other minds : critical essays, 1969-1994 by Thomas Nagel( )

28 editions published between 1995 and 2000 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,037 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Other Minds gathers Nagel's most important critical essays and reviews on the philosophy of mind, ethics, and political philosophy. The pieces here discuss philosophers from Aristotle to Wittgenstein, as well as contemporary legal and political theorists like Robert Nozick and Ronald Dworkin. Also included are essays tracing Nagel's ongoing participation in debates surrounding the mind-body problem - lucid, opinionated responses to Daniel Dennett, John Searle, and others. Running through Other Minds is Nagel's overriding conviction that the most compelling intellectual issues of our day - from the scientific foundations of Freudian theory to the vicissitudes of judicial interpretation - are essentially philosophical problems. Vital, accessible, and controversial, these writings represent the best of one of our leading thinkers
What does it all mean? : a very short introduction to philosophy by Thomas Nagel( Book )

43 editions published between 1987 and 2016 in 8 languages and held by 1,987 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Most people think about philosophical problems without realizing it. Introducing the uninitiated to the world of philosophical inquiry, this book examines nine philosophical problems fundamental to everyday living. It contains short introduction to the methods of philosophy for those with a taste for abstract ideas and theoretical arguments
The view from nowhere by Thomas Nagel( Book )

46 editions published between 1986 and 2018 in 9 languages and held by 1,919 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Human beings have the unique ability to view the world in a detached way: We can think about the world in terms that transcend our own experience or interest, and consider the world from a vantage point that is, in Nagel's words, "nowhere in particular". At the same time, each of us is a particular person in a particular place, each with his own "personal" view of the world, a view that we can recognize as just one aspect of the whole. How do we reconcile these two standpoints--intellectually, morally, and practically? To what extent are they irreconcilable and to what extent can they be integrated? 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 skepticism, thought and reality, free will, ethics, the relation between moral and other values, the meaning of life, and death. Excessive objectification has been a malady of recent analytic philosophy, claims Nagel, it has led to implausible forms of reductionism in the philosophy of mind and elsewhere. The solution is not to inhibit the objectifying impulse, but to insist that it learn to live alongside the internal perspectives that cannot be either discarded or objectified. Reconciliation between the two standpoints, in the end, is not always possible." (Nov. 9, 2010)
Marx, justice, and history by Marshall Cohen( )

19 editions published between 1980 and 2014 in English and held by 1,733 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The political and ideological turmoil of the late 1960's stimulated among Anglo-American philosophers a new interest in applying moral philosophy to the problems of contemporary society, and a search for critical perspectives on Marx and Marxist thought. These essays, originally published in Philosophy & Public Affairs, contribute to both these areas in the form of new Marxist scholarship and in illuminating the way in which Marxist criticism and social theory bear on contemporary analytic moral philosophy and current moral problems. Originally published in 1980. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These paperback editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905
The possibility of altruism by Thomas Nagel( Book )

56 editions published between 1970 and 2016 in 5 languages and held by 1,578 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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
The myth of ownership : taxes and justice by Liam B Murphy( )

39 editions published between 2002 and 2007 in English and held by 1,531 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Taking as a guiding principle the conventional nature of private property, Murphy and Nagel show how taxes can only be evaluated as part of the overall system of property rights that they help to create. Justice or injustice in taxation, they argue, can only mean justice or injustice in the system of property rights and entitlements that result from a particular regime. Taking up ethical issues about individual liberty, interpersonal obligation, and both collective and personal responsibility, Murphy and Nagel force us to reconsider how our tax policy shapes our system of property rights. [publisher web site]
Medicine and moral philosophy by Marshall Cohen( )

8 editions published between 1981 and 1996 in English and held by 1,383 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Equality and partiality by Thomas Nagel( Book )

52 editions published between 1991 and 2016 in 6 languages and held by 1,250 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Derived from Thomas Nagel's 1990 Locke Lectures, Equality and Partiality proposes that ethics, and the ethical basis of political theory, have to be understood as arising from the division between two standpoints, the personal and the impersonal. While the impersonal standpoint in each of us produces a powerful demand for universal impartiality and equality, the personal standpoint gives rise to individualistic motives and requirements which impede the pursuit and realization of such ideals. Nagel argues that any legitimate political system must achieve an integration of these two standpoints, and develops this idea in relation to specific problems of international justice, social and economic inequality, toleration, and the support of culture. Book jacket."--Jacket
The rights and wrongs of abortion by Marshall Cohen( Book )

11 editions published in 1974 in English and held by 1,174 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The essays in this book originally appeared in the quarterly journal Philosophy & public affairs."
War and moral responsibility by Marshall Cohen( Book )

8 editions published in 1974 in English and held by 890 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Equality and preferential treatment( Book )

15 editions published in 1977 in English and held by 778 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

These essays, with one exception originally published in Philosophy & Public Affairs, consider the moral problems associated with improving the social and economic position of disadvantaged groups. If the situation of women and minorities improves so that their opportunities are equal to those of more favored groups, will they then be in a competitive position conducive to equal achievement? If not, can preferential hiring or preferential admission to educational institutions be justified? The contributors explore the complexities of this problem from several points of view. The discussions in Part I are more theoretical and concentrate on the application to this case of general considerations from ethical theory. The discussions in Part II also take up theoretical questions, but they start from specific problems about the constitutionality and the effectiveness of certain methods of achieving equality and counteracting discrimination. The two groups of essays demonstrate admirably the close connection between moral philosophy and questions of law and policy. The issues discussed include compensation, liability, victimization, the significance of group membership, the intrinsic importance of racial, sexual, or meritocratic criteria, and the overall effects of preferential policies. -- Back cover
Philosophy, morality, and international affairs; essays edited for the Society for Philosophy and Public Affairs by Virginia Held( Book )

14 editions published in 1974 in English and held by 766 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Concealment and exposure : and other essays by Thomas Nagel( Book )

7 editions published between 2002 and 2006 in English and held by 425 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Thomas Nagel is widely recognized as one of the leading American philosophers working today. This collection of recent essays and reviews reflects the unusually broad range of his philosophical interests."--Jacket
Secular philosophy and the religious temperament : essays 2002-2008 by Thomas Nagel( Book )

14 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 335 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This volume collects recent essays and reviews by Thomas Nagel in three subject areas. The first section, including the title essay, is concerned with religious belief and some of the philosophical questions connected with it, such as the relation between religion and evolutionary theory, the question of why there is something rather than nothing, and the significance for human life of our place in the cosmos. It includes a defense of the relevance of religion to science education. The second section concerns the interpretation of liberal political theory, especially in an international context. A substantial essay argues that the principles of distributive justice that apply within individual nation-states do not apply to the world as a whole. The third section discusses the distinctive contributions of four philosophers to our understanding of what it is to be human - the form of human consciousness and the source of human values."--Jacket
Was bedeutet das alles? Eine ganz kurze Einführung in die Philosophie by Thomas Nagel( Book )

24 editions published between 1990 and 2020 in German and held by 243 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Der Blick von nirgendwo by Thomas Nagel( Book )

5 editions published between 1992 and 2015 in German and held by 103 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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The last word
Mortal questionsMind and cosmos : why the materialist neo-Darwinian conception of nature is almost certainly falseA brief inquiry into the meaning of sin and faith : with "on my religion"Other minds : critical essays, 1969-1994What does it all mean? : a very short introduction to philosophyThe view from nowhereMarx, justice, and historyThe possibility of altruism
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Нагель, Томас

Нагель, Томас 1937-

Томас Нагель

ניגל, תומס 1937-

תומאס נגל פילוסוף אמריקאי

تامس نیگل نویسنده و فیلسوف آمریکایی

توماس ناجل

توماس ناغل

توماس ناغل فيلسوف أمريكي

나겔, 토마스 1937-

나겔, 토머스 1937-

네이글, 토머스 1937-

토마스 네이글


ネーゲル, トマス

ネーゲル, トマス‏ 1937-


耐格 1937-