Mortal Questions

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 3/26/2012
  • Publisher: Cambridge Univ Pr
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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.

Table of Contents

The absurd
Moral luck
Sexual perversion
War and massacre
Ruthlessness in public life
The policy of preference
The fragmentation of value
Ethics without biology
Brain bisection and the unity of consciousness
What is it like to be a bat?
Subjective and objective
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