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What Does It All Mean?

A Very Short Introduction to Philosophy

Thomas Nagel

Publication Date - 15 October 1987

ISBN: 9780195052169

112 pages
5-5/16 x 8 inches

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A down-to-earth, general reader's guide to the questions of philosophy that have provoked and fascinated people over the centuries


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.

Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. How Do We Know Anything?
    3. Other Minds
    4. The Mind-Body Problem
    5. The Meaning of Words
    6. Free Will
    7. Right and Wrong
    8. Justice
    9. Death
    10. The Meaning of Life

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