Mortal Questions : Canto

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Cambridge University Press, 1979 - Philosophy - 213 pages
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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.
 

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Contents

Death
1
The Absurd
11
Moral Luck
24
Sexual Perversion
39
War and Massacre
53
Ruthlessness in Public Life
75
The Policy of Preference
91
Equality
106
The Fragmentation of Value
128
Ethics without Biology
142
Brain Bisection and the Unity of Consciousness
147
What is it like to be a bat?
165
Panpsychism
181
Subjective and Objective
196
Index
215
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