What Does it All Mean?

A Very Short Introduction to Philosophy

  • Engelstalig
  • 112 pagina's
  • New edition
  • 9780195174373
  • september 2004
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In this cogent and accessible introduction to philosophy, the distinguished author ofMortal Questions and The View From Nowhere sets forth the central problems of philosophical inquiry for the beginning student. Arguing that the best way to learn about philosophy is to think about its questions directly, Thomas Nagel considers possible solutions to nine problems--knowledge of the world beyond our minds, knowledge of other minds, the mind-body problem, free will, the basis of morality, right and wrong, the nature of death, the meaning of life, and the meaning of words. Although he states his own opinions clearly, Nagel leaves these fundamental questions open, allowing students to entertain other solutions and encouraging them to think for themselves.

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'If someone confronts you with the problem Get me an introduction to philosophy and I have only one evening free to read it , I can recommend Thomas Nagel's introduction. If for the umpteemth time you are asked What is philosophy all about , tell him or her to read this book... how would you go about explaining the complex relation between a determinisic world-view and the free will problem? Thomas Nagel shows how it can be done and quite impressively so.'Philosophica 'His style is clear and free of technical terms, and the book should appeal to those who know little or nothing of the discipline.' Library Journal 'Mr Nagel is well known among academic philosophers for bringng the clarity and rigor of analytic philosophy to such large philosophical questions.' Roger Kimball, 'The author is blessed with an ability rare in his discipline to combine rigour with good humour, and variety of approach with simplicity of expression. The most welcome thing about the book is that it presents the core questions of philosophy to the beginner without the deterrent baggage of names and -isms.' Anne McElvoy, The Times 'I don't know how many will find their way into philosophy via Nagel's Very Short Introduction, but it will be enough fully to justify the efforts of everyone involved.' Times Literary Supplement 'His style is deceptively simple, concealing the profundity of the thought, and is luminously clear. His chatty, easy way of writing goes with a rigorous logic of argument ... Nagel has given us an admirable challenge to what the Greeks called 'the unexamined life'.' Cogito

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Auteur
Thomas Nagel
Taal
Engels
Afmetingen
6x230x135 mm
Gewicht
95,00 gram
Verschijningsdatum
september 2004
Druk
1
ISBN10
0195174372
ISBN13
9780195174373

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