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Secular philosophy and the religious temperament : essays 2002-2008
Nagel, Thomas, 1937-
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Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2010.
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171 p. ; 24 cm.
Secular philosophy and the religious temperament -- Dawkins and atheism -- Why is there anything? -- Nietzsche's self-creation -- Public education and intelligent design -- The problem of global justice -- The limits of international law -- Appiah's rooted cosmopolitanism -- Sandel and the paradox of liberalism -- MacKinnon on sexual domination -- Williams : the value of truth -- Williams : humanity and philosophy -- Wiggins on human solidarity -- O'Shaughnessy on the stream of consciousness -- Sartre : the look and the problem of other minds.


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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, thequestion of why there is something rather than nothing, and the significance for human life of our place in the cosmos. It includes a defense of the relevance of religion to science education. The second section concerns the interpretation of liberal political theory, especially in an internationalcontext. A substantial essay argues that the principles of distributive justice that apply within individual nation-states do not apply to the world as a whole. The third section discusses the distinctive contributions of four philosophers to our understanding of what it is to be human - the form ofhuman consciousness and the source of human values.

Table of Contents

Part I Religion
1 Secular Philosophy and the Religious Temperamentp. 3
2 Dawkins and Atheismp. 19
3 Why Is There Anything?p. 27
4 Nietzsche's Self-Creationp. 33
5 Public Education and Intelligent Designp. 41
Part II Politics
6 The Problem of Global Justicep. 61
7 The Limits of International Lawp. 93
8 Appiah's Rooted Cosmopolitanismp. 101
9 Sandel and the Paradox of Liberalismp. 109
10 MacKinnon on Sexual Dominationp. 123
Part III Humanity
11 Williams: The Value of Truthp. 131
12 Williams: Philosophy and Humanityp. 139
13 Wiggins on Human Solidarityp. 147
14 O'Shaughnessy on the Stream of Consciousnessp. 153
15 Sartre: The Look and the Problem of Other Mindsp. 163
Indexp. 169
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