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Just as there are rational requirements on thought, there are rational requirements on action. This book defends a conception of ethics, and a related conception of human nature, according to which altruism is included among the basic rational requirements on desire and action.
This work in philosophy is a rigorous book in ethics and philosophy which sets up logical and rational explanations of altruistic behavior.
"Nagel's book is not a criticism of anybody else's book, nor a footnote to anybody else's theory. It is independent and clear, and very original."—Times Literary Supplement
"This is a powerful and challenging work, skilfully organised and presented with economy, clarity, and style."—Bernard Mayo, Philosophical Books