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The view from nowhere, Thomas Nagel

Label
The view from nowhere
Title
The view from nowhere
Statement of responsibility
Thomas Nagel
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • "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."--Www.amazon.com (Nov. 9, 2010)
  • "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." -- from www.amazon.com (Nov. 9, 2010)
Cataloging source
DLC
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1937-
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Nagel, Thomas
Dewey number
121/.4
Index
index present
LC call number
BD220
LC item number
.N34 1986
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Objectivity
  • Mind and body
  • Ethics
  • Life
Label
The view from nowhere, Thomas Nagel
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Includes index
Bibliography note
Bibliography: pages 233-238
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
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
Control code
12899337
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xi, 244 pages
Isbn
9780195036688
Lccn
85031002
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(WaOLN)857051
Label
The view from nowhere, Thomas Nagel
Publication
Note
Includes index
Bibliography note
Bibliography: pages 233-238
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
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
Control code
12899337
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xi, 244 pages
Isbn
9780195036688
Lccn
85031002
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(WaOLN)857051

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