Secular Philosophy and the Religious Temperament: Essays 2002-2008

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Oxford University Press, Dec 18, 2009 - Religion - 184 pages
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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.
 

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Contents

Secular Philosophy and the Religious Temperament
Dawkins and Atheism
Why Is There Anything?
Nietzsches SelfCreation
Public Education and Intelligent Design
Politics
ii
The Problem of Global Justice
iii
The Limits of International
ii
MacKinnon on Sexual Domination
ii
Humanity
iii
The Value of Truth
iv
Philosophy and Humanity
xii
Wiggins on Human Solidarity
xx
OShaughnessy on the Stream of Consciousness
xxvi
The Look and the Problem of Other Minds
xxxv
Index
xli

Appiahs Rooted Cosmopolitanism
ii
Sandel and the Paradox of Liberalism
ii
The New Republic October 23 2006
lxxiii

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Thomas Nagel is University Professor, Professor of Philosophy, and Professor of Law at New York University. Among his books are The View from Nowhere, Equality and Partiality, and The Last Word.

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