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Mortal Questions

by Thomas Nagel

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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.… (more)
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Essays include discussion of death, sexual behavior, social inequality, war and political power. The philosophical issues engendered in these thought-provoking essays are wide-ranging. Insights into personal identity, consciousness, freedom, and value are both illuminating and original. Included is his famous essay "What is it Like to Be a Bat?". ( )
  jwhenderson | May 16, 2017 |
Provocative - a lot in it ( )
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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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