Thomas Nagel


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Thomas Nagel (born July 4, 1937) is an American philosopher, currently University 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.

Nagel is well known for his critique of reductionist accounts of the mind, particularly in his essay "What Is it ... more »

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  • ''Consciousness is what makes the mind-body problem really intractable.''
    Thomas Nagel (b. 1938), U.S. professor of philosophy (New York University). The Philosophical Review LXXXIII, 4 (October 1974): 435. Mortal Questions,...
  • ''fundamentally an organism has conscious mental states if and only if there is something that it is like to be that organism—something it is like for the organism.''
    Thomas Nagel (b. 1938), U.S. professor of philosophy (New York University). The Philosophical Review LXXXIII, 4 (October 1974): 436. Mortal Questions,...
  • ''Any reductionist program has to be based on an analysis of what is to be reduced. If the analysis leaves something out, the problem will be falsely posed.''
    Thomas Nagel (b. 1938), U.S. professor of philosophy (New York University). The Philosophical Review LXXXIII, 4 (October 1974): 437. "What Is It Like ...
  • ''every subjective phenomenon is essentially connected with a single point of view, and it seems inevitable that an objective, physical theory will abandon that point of view.''
    Thomas Nagel (b. 1938), U.S. professor of philosophy (New York University). The Philosophical Review LXXXIII, 4 (October 1974): 437. "What Is It Like ...
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