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Mind and Cosmos: Why the Materialist Neo-Darwinian Conception of Nature is Almost Certainly False Hardcover – 22 Nov 2012
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Mind and Cosmos is ... extraordinarily ambitious. Nagel proposes not merely a new explanation for the origin of life and consciousness, but a new type of explanation: 'natural teleology.' (George Scialabba, Inference: International Review of Science)
Nagels book is provocative, interesting and important (Simon Oliver, Studies in Christian Ethics)
Nagels arguments are forceful, and his proposals are bold, intriguing, and original. This, though short and clear, is philosophy in the grand manner, and it is worthy of much philosophical discussion. (Keith Ward, The Philosophical Quarterly)
This is a challenging text that should provoke much further reflection. I recommend it to anyone interested in trying to understand the nature of our existence. (W. Richard Bowen, ESSSAT News & Reviews 23:1)
[This] troublemaking book has sparked the most exciting disputation in many years... I like Nagel's mind and I like Nagel's cosmos. He thinks strictly but not imperiously, and in grateful view of the full tremendousness of existence. (Leon Wieseltier, The New Republic)
A sharp, lucidly argued challenge to today's scientific worldview. (Jim Holt, The Wall Street Journal)
Nagel's arguments against reductionism should give those who are in search of a reductionist physical 'theory of everything' pause for thought... The book serves as a challenging invitation to ponder the limits of science and as a reminder of the astonishing puzzle of consciousness. (Science)
Mind and Cosmos, weighing in at 128 closely argued pages, is hardly a barn-burning polemic. But in his cool style Mr. Nagel extends his ideas about consciousness into a sweeping critique of the modern scientific worldview. (The New York Times)
[This] short, tightly argued, exacting new book is a work of considerable courage and importance. (National Review)
Provocative... Reflects the efforts of a fiercely independent mind. (H. Allen Orr, The New York Review of Books)
About the Author
Thomas Nagel is University Professor of Law and Philosophy at New York University.
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Thomas Nagel is a brilliant philosopher who attempts to address some of the fundamental problems that only philosophers can address. Here, he takes on the currently fashionable materialist scientism that has come to dominate the public imagination with the demise in the western world of popular theism. In this, he is attempting to reclaim for humanism some of the ground that in public discourse has been lost to materialism. The book succeeds resoundingly in this: it is eloquent, well argued and completely convincing.