Tags » Thomas Nagel

Can modern art bridge the gap of the subject/object divide?

One issue which has puzzled philosophers for hundreds of years is that of ‘other minds’.  Thomas Nagel made this puzzle iconic in modern philosophy with his essay ‘ 1,256 more words


What Is It Like to Be a Dog?

“Without consciousness the mind-body problem would be much less interesting. With consciousness it seems hopeless.”   —Tom Nagel

One of the most influential and widely cited short works in philosophy of the last century is Nagel’s 1974 paper “What Is It Like to Be a Bat?” … 919 more words

Cognitive Science

Quotable: Nagel on Purpose in Life

What is the meaning of your life? What gives life purpose? These are two of the questions that all people will eventually have to ask themselves. 596 more words

Quotes Worth Considering

Getting started.

Let’s start with some quotes.

Often the worst thing to do with what looks like a real philosophical question is to answer it. It can get in the way of fuller understanding of what the problem really is and where it comes from.     308 more words


The rationality of care across time.

In this essay I will be attempting to answer the question ‘Is it irrational to care differently about some happening on the basis of whether it lies in the past or in the future, and (in each case) how far?’ 4,996 more words


Can anyone know what it's like to be you?

The idea of subjectivity is one which has been contemplated upon for much time, and a common idea is that we should ‘put ourselves in another person’s shoes’. 212 more words


Good Philosophy has skin in the game

“While philosophy corrects and refines some of the opinions and convictions held by common sense, philosophy is nevertheless continuous with common sense and elucidates its deepest convictions by providing their rational basis and elaboration.” Mortimer Adler…

3,632 more words