Concealment and Exposure: And Other Essays

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Thomas Nagel is widely recognized as one of the top American philosophers working today. Reflecting the diversity of his many philosophical preoccupations, this volume is a collection of his most recent critical essays and reviews.
The first section, Public and Private, focuses on the notion of privacy in the context of social and political issues, such as the impeachment of President Clinton. The second section, Right and Wrong, discusses moral, political and legal theory, and...
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Overview


Thomas Nagel is widely recognized as one of the top American philosophers working today. Reflecting the diversity of his many philosophical preoccupations, this volume is a collection of his most recent critical essays and reviews.
The first section, Public and Private, focuses on the notion of privacy in the context of social and political issues, such as the impeachment of President Clinton. The second section, Right and Wrong, discusses moral, political and legal theory, and includes pieces on John Rawls, G.A. Cohen, and T.M. Scanlon, among others. The final section, Mind and Reality, features discussions of Richard Rorty, Donald Davidson, and the Sokal hoax, and closes with a substantial new essay on the mind-body problem. Written with characteristic rigor, these pieces reveal the intellectual passion underlying the incisive analysis for which Nagel is known.
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"[A] wonderful book. It is wonderful partly for the further excellent review articles that it adds to the Other Minds archive, and partly for the lively and accessible introduction it provides to Nagel's own thought and intellectual personality...[T]he essays in this volume, taken together, do more than any other philosophical writings known to me to bring out the complex and treacherous truth in the old maxim that the personal is political."--Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195179774
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 10/14/2004
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 5.60 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Thomas Nagel is Professor of Philosophy and Fiorello LaGuardia Professor of Law at New York University. He is the author of The View From Nowhere, What Does It All Mean?, The Possibility of Altruism, Mortal Questions, Equality and Partiality, Other Minds: Critical Essays, 1969-1994, and The Last Word.

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Table of Contents

Pt. I Public and Private
1 Concealment and Exposure 3
2 The Shredding of Public Privacy 27
3 Personal Rights and Public Space 31
4 Chastity 53
5 Nussbaum on Sexual Injustice 56
6 Bertrand Russell: A Public Life 63
Pt. II Right and Wrong
7 The Writings of John Rawls 75
8 Rawls and Liberalism 87
9 Cohen on Inequality 107
10 Justice and Nature 113
11 Raz on Liberty and Law 134
12 Waldron on Law and Politics 141
13 Scanlon's Moral Theory 147
Pt. III Reality
14 Rorty's Pragmatism 157
15 The Sleep of Reason 163
16 Davidson's New Cogito 175
17 Stroud and the Quest for Reality 187
18 The Psychophysical Nexus 194
Index 237
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