What Does It All Mean? A Very Short Introduction to Philosophy

What Does It All Mean? A Very Short Introduction to Philosophy

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.

Title:What Does It All Mean? A Very Short Introduction to Philosophy
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780195052169
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  • Riku Sayuj

    The Basic Questions of Philosophy Nagel presents this book as a direct introduction to a selection of nine philosophical problems which the reflective human mind finds naturally puzzling, each of w...

  • Ahmad Sharabiani

    What does it all mean? : a very short introduction to philosophy, Thomas NagelIn this cogent and accessible introduction to philosophy, the distinguished author of Mortal Questions and The View From N...

  • Jan Rice

    I read this book because I was having some difficulty with Mind and Cosmos: Why the Materialist Neo-Darwinian Conception of Nature Is Almost Certainly False and because it, unlike Mind and Cosmos, was...

  • Natalia Yaneva

    “…perhaps it’s ridiculous to take ourselves so seriously. On the other hand, if we can’t help taking ourselves so seriously, perhaps we just have to put up with being ridiculous. Life may be n...

  • Dennis

    In this short book, Thomas Nagel asks a lot of questions. How do we know that anything exists outside of ourselves? If we think that there is a world outside of ourselves, how do we know there are oth...

  • Kali Srikanth

    60 pages or 600 pages, if a book can tell me a story I never heard, introduce me interesting characters, tell me things I never heard of and what not influence the way I look at things and life at lar...

  • Jess

    There's nothing like a book about philosophy to make one feel completely stupid. I have a sneaking suspicion though that philosophy enjoys being complicated: as far as this declares itself to be an in...

  • Omar Alhashimi

    Really nice starting point for philosophy. Gives out some important questions in philosophy and provides some of the popular theories around them. Hopefully this book is able to allow me to enter into...

  • Tiago Faleiro

    As the title implies, this is meant as a short introduction to philosophy. And although unlike most in this genre, this one is actually *very* short. It's about 100 pages with relatively big text size...

  • Mark

    An excellent little book introducing nine major philosophical questions, including the mind-body problem, free will and death. Nagel focuses on clarifying the questions, without muddying the discourse...