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What Does It All Mean?: A Very Short Introduction to Philosophy / Edition 1

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Overview

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.

In this guide the author brings philosophical problems to life, revealing why they have continued to fascinate and baffle thinkers across the centuries.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195052169
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 10/15/1987
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 168,621
  • Product dimensions: 7.82 (w) x 5.28 (h) x 0.27 (d)

Meet the Author

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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  • Posted October 15, 2011

    A must for anyone who wants to be in the know!

    A highly readable overview for the entry level philosophy student or anyone interested in philosophy

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