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Nagel, Thomas 1937-

Works: 83 works in 589 publications in 9 languages and 22,463 library holdings
Genres: Introductions  Controversial literature  History 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other
Classifications: B945.N333, 100
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Most widely held works by Thomas Nagel
The last word by Thomas Nagel ( )
36 editions published between 1997 and 2009 in English and held by 2,529 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Thomas Nagel's timely and vigorous defence of reason has implications as wide-ranging as they are immense. Powerful erudition combined with an enviable clarity makes Nagel one of the most influential philosophers writing in English today
What does it all mean? : a very short introduction to philosophy by Thomas Nagel ( Book )
42 editions published between 1987 and 2009 in 7 languages and held by 1,972 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
A brief inquiry into the meaning of sin and faith with "on my religion" by John Rawls ( )
8 editions published between 2009 and 2012 in English and Chinese and held by 1,680 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 ... '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."--Publisher description
Mortal questions by Thomas Nagel ( Book )
65 editions published between 1979 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,623 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Thomas Nagel's Mortal Questions explores some fundamental issues concerning the meaning, nature and value of human life
Concealment and exposure and other essays by Thomas Nagel ( )
27 editions published between 2002 and 2006 in English and held by 1,547 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Thomas Nagel is widely recognized as one of the top American philosophers working today. Reflecting the diversity of his many philosophical preoccupations, this volume is a collection of his most recent critical essays and reviews
Other minds critical essays, 1969-1994 by Thomas Nagel ( )
17 editions published between 1995 and 1999 in English and held by 1,441 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
The view from nowhere by Thomas Nagel ( Book )
31 editions published between 1986 and 1989 in English and held by 1,400 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)
The possibility of altruism by Thomas Nagel ( Book )
42 editions published between 1970 and 2008 in 4 languages and held by 1,098 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The myth of ownership : taxes and justice by Liam B Murphy ( Book )
17 editions published between 2002 and 2005 in English and held by 1,081 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In a capitalist economy, taxes are the most important instrument by which the political system puts into practice a conception of economic or distributive justice. This book unites philosophical discussion of justice with debates on tax policy
Equality and partiality by Thomas Nagel ( Book )
46 editions published between 1991 and 2006 in 4 languages and held by 1,027 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The rights and wrongs of abortion by Marshall Cohen ( Book )
6 editions published in 1974 in English and held by 927 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"The essays in this book originally appeared in the quarterly journal Philosophy & public affairs."
Mind and cosmos : why the materialist neo-Darwinian conception of nature is almost certainly false by Thomas Nagel ( Book )
20 editions published between 2012 and 2015 in 4 languages and held by 894 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
War and moral responsibility by Marshall Cohen ( Book )
4 editions published in 1974 in English and held by 875 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Philosophy, morality, and international affairs; essays edited for the Society for Philosophy and Public Affairs by Virginia Held ( Book )
11 editions published in 1974 in English and Undetermined and held by 786 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Equality and preferential treatment ( Book )
12 editions published in 1977 in English and held by 776 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
Marx, justice, and history by Marshall Cohen ( Book )
14 editions published between 1980 and 1981 in English and held by 696 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Medicine and moral philosophy by Marshall Cohen ( Book )
6 editions published between 1981 and 2014 in English and held by 416 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Secular philosophy and the religious temperament : essays 2002-2008 by Thomas Nagel ( Book )
12 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 288 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."--BOOK JACKET
Was bedeutet das alles? : Eine ganz kurze Einführung in die Philosophie by Thomas Nagel ( Book )
20 editions published between 1990 and 2012 in German and held by 147 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Über das Leben, die Seele und den Tod by Thomas Nagel ( Book )
27 editions published between 1983 and 2012 in German and French and held by 140 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
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Alternative Names
Nagel, Thomas
Naige 1937-
Нагель, Томас 1937-
ניגל, תומס 1937-
ネーゲル, トマス
耐格 1937-
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