Thomas Nagel (pictured on the left in 1978) is an American philosopher, born in 1937 in Belgrade. He is University Professor of Philosophy and Law, Emeritus, at New York University. Some of his famous papers include “What Is It Like to Be a Bat?” first published in 1974 but also included in his 1979 book, Mortal Questions.
Books by Thomas Nagel
Interviews where books by Thomas Nagel were recommended
How should we live? What is the nature of reality? Should pro golfers be allowed to use carts? British philosopher Nigel Warburton sets us off down the road of philosophical enquiry with an intriguing list of introductory philosophy books.
Given the choice between allowing five people to die, and killing one person, what would you do? What is the utilitarian argument for vegetarianism? Should we be able to sell our kidneys? The philosopher suggests some answers and picks the best books on ‘ethical problems.’
The best books on Navigating the Future: a reading list for young adults, recommended by Chris Kutarna
We are living in times of unprecedented uncertainty and upheaval – and of unprecedented progress and opportunity. Chris Kutarna, political scientist and co-author of Age of Discovery, selects five books to help young adults navigate an uncertain future and achieve their full potential.
Leszek Kolakowski (trans. by Agnieszka Kolakowska)
by Thomas Nagel
A Short History of Ethics
by Alasdair MacIntyre
Modernism as a Philosophical Problem: On the Dissatisfactions of European High Culture
by Robert B. Pippin
The Spiritual Dimension: Religion, Philosophy and Human Value
by John Cottingham
Dr Andrew Brower Latz, Head of Philosophy at Manchester Grammar School, talks about why it’s important to study philosophy and recommends five books to get an interested teen started.
Mind & Cosmos: Why the Materialist Neo-Darwinian Conception of Nature is Almost Certainly False
by Thomas Nagel
A Fortunate Universe: Life in a Finely Tuned Cosmos
by Geraint Lewis & Luke Barnes
Purpose in the Universe: The moral and metaphysical case for Ananthropocentric Purposivism
by Tim Mulgan
God, Purpose, and Reality: A Euteleological Understanding of Theism
by John Bishop & Ken Perszyk
by John Leslie
The likelihood that intelligent life would come to exist on Earth is so improbable, it’s time to re-explore the idea of cosmic purpose, argues Philip Goff, a professor of philosophy at the University of Durham and the author of Why? The Purpose of the Universe. He recommends five books that cast doubt on our post-Darwinian worldview and help us consider the latest findings of science and philosophy more fully.