"...[a] subtle, compact, and forceful book....The Last Word is a work of philosophical reflection...a significant contribution to the culture wars of our time."--New York Review of Books
This has to be one of the best books I've read on the debate between realism vs relativism.
Nagel who is also a rationalist takes the side of realism and argues on the... Read more
Thomas Nagel made me a follower with this book. "The last word in philosophical disputes about the objectivity of any form of thought must lie in some unqualified thoughts about... Read morePublished on April 16, 2010 by Bror Erickson
This is a very small-minded book, an illustration of which is its religious awe for logic.
"The most basic and simple forms of reasoning, in logic and arithmetic,... Read more
I'd've given this book a 5, BUT Nagel does tend to be impressively repetitive. In his defense though, he explains that it's because one oughta take the subjectivist stance... Read morePublished on March 31, 2009 by Will Sharp
Thomas Nagel offers a solid defense for the significance of reason. He argues along the lines that there is no way to argue against reason without making use of reason. Read morePublished on January 8, 2009 by Shane J.
In this lucid, compact and profound volume the always incisive philosopher Thomas Nagel goes about defending the very thing that makes philosophy possible: reason. Read morePublished on May 5, 2008 by Matt Sigl
Nagel is out to defend reason against all forms of subjectivism, pragmatism, postmodernism, relativism, etc. Read morePublished on April 24, 2001 by G. Legenhausen
A Rorty-bashing classic. A must read for pragmatists. Whether Nagel has really given the last word in favor of the realists is another question.Published on April 26, 1999