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Title:
Mortal questions
Author:
Nagel, Thomas.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
London : Canto, 1991.

©1979
Physical Description:
xiii, 213 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
General Note:
Originally published: Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 1979.

Includes index.
Language:
English
Subject Term:
ISBN:
9780521406765
Format :
Book

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Central Library BD431 .N32 1991 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
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Summary

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.


Table of Contents

Preface
Sources
1 Death
2 The Absurd
3 Moral luck
4 Sexual perversion
5 War and massacre
6 Ruthlessness in public life
7 The policy of preference
8 Equality
9 The fragmentation of value
10 Ethics without biology
11 Brain bisection and the unity of consciousness
12 What is it like to be a bat?
13 Panpsychism
14 Subjective and objective
Index

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