Thomas Nagel Quotes

Thomas Nagel Quotes: A person may be greedy, envious, cowardly, cold, ungenerous, unkind, vain, or conceited, but behave perfectly by a monumental act of the will.
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Thomas Nagel Quote: The inclusion of consequences in the conception of what we have done is an acknowledgement that we are parts of the world, but the paradoxical character of moral luck which emerges from this acknowledgement shows that we are unable to operate with such a view, for it leaves us with no one to be.
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Quotes about Thomas Nagel: Common sense doesn't have the last word in ethics or anywhere else, but it has, as J. L. Austin said about ordinary language, the first word: it should be examined before it is discarded.
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Quote about Thomas Nagel: I conceive ethics as a branch of psychology.
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Thomas Nagel Sayings: The external view [of agency] forces itself on us at the same time that we resist it. One way this occurs is through the gradual erosion of what we do by the subtraction of what happens.
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Thomas Nagel Saying: Once we see an aspect of what we or someone else does as something that happens, we lose our grip on the idea that it has been done and that we can judge the doer and not just the happening.
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Sayings about Thomas Nagel: 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.
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Saying about Thomas Nagel: equally real at all stages of his life; specifically, the fact that a particular stage is present cannot be regarded as conferring on it any special status.
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Thomas Nagel Quotes: To look for a single general theory of how to decide the right thing to do is like looking for a single theory of how to decide what to believe.
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Thomas Nagel Quote: If we tried to rely entirely on reason, and pressed it hard, our lives and beliefs would collapse - a form of madness that may actually occur if the inertial force of taking the world and life for granted is somehow lost. If we lose our grip on that, reason will not give it back to us.
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Quotes about Thomas Nagel: A theory of motivation is defective if it renders intelligible behaviour which is not intelligible.
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