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Secular Philosophy and the Religious Temperament: Essays 2002-2008
This volume collects recent essays and reviews by Thomas Nagel in three subject areas. The first section, including the title essay, is concerned with religious belief and some of the philosophical questions connected with it, such as the relation between religion and evolutionary theory, the question of why there is something rather than nothing, and the significance for ...more
Hardcover, 171 pages
Published December 1st 2009 by Oxford University Press, USA
(first published 2009)
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This collection of essays has three parts corresponding to their main topics: religion, politics and humanism. Some essays are responses to someone else and are in so far not really self-contained. I was interested in the bunch on religion and was not disappointed. Nagel has a somewhat strange position of an atheist who seems to be worried that the intelligent design argument was refuted way too early. To me, it was refreshing to see someone reasonable pointing out that science nowadays looks qu ...more
Oct 10, 2010 Kathleen rated it really liked it
the first two essays are fantastic. truly. and, although nagel and i see and understand the world very differently, he is such a clear and fair writer that he is a pleasure to read.
Thomas Nagel is an American philosopher, currently University Professor and Professor of Philosophy and Law at New York University, where he has taught since 1980. His main areas of philosophical interest are philosophy of mind, political philosophy and ethics. He is well-known for his critique of reductionist accounts of the mind in his essay "What Is it Like to Be a Bat?" (1974), and for his con ...more