What Does It All Mean?: A Very Short Introduction to Philosophy

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Oxford University Press, Oct 15, 1987 - Philosophy - 112 pages
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In this cogent and accessible introduction to philosophy, the distinguished author of Mortal 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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User Review  - flydodofly - LibraryThing

Major philosophical questions in a nutshell, just in case you did not formulate them quite like that yourself. One could spend years thinking and discussing any and each of them, but here they are ... Read full review

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User Review  - hayduke - LibraryThing

An excellent little book introducing nine major philosophical questions, including the mind-body problem, free will and death. Nagel focuses on clarifying the questions, without muddying the discourse ... Read full review


2Haw Do We Know Anything?
3Other Minds
4The MindBody Problem
5The Meaning of Words
6Free Will
7Right and Wrong
10The Meaning of Life

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Thomas Nagel is Professor of Philosophy and Law at New York University. His previous books are The View From Nowhere, Mortal Questions and The Possibility of Altruism.

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