9780195108347-0195108345-The Last Word

The Last Word

ISBN-13: 9780195108347
ISBN-10: 0195108345
Edition: 1
Author: Nagel, Thomas
Publication date: 1997
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Format: Hardcover 160 pages
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ISBN-13: 9780195108347
ISBN-10: 0195108345
Edition: 1
Author: Nagel, Thomas
Publication date: 1997
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Format: Hardcover 160 pages

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Acknowledged authors Nagel, Thomas wrote The Last Word comprising 160 pages back in 1997. Textbook and eTextbook are published under ISBN 0195108345 and 9780195108347. Since then The Last Word textbook was available to sell back to BooksRun online for the top buyback price or rent at the marketplace.

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If there is such a thing as reason, it has to be universal. Reason must reflect objective principles whose validity is independent of our point of view--principles that anyone with enough intelligence ought to be able to recognize as correct. But this generality of reason is what relativists and subjectivists deny in ever-increasing numbers. And such subjectivism is not just an inconsequential intellectual flourish or badge of theoretical chic. It is exploited to deflect argument and to belittle the pretensions of the arguments of others. The continuing spread of this relativistic way of thinking threatens to make public discourse increasingly difficult and to exacerbate the deep divisions of our society. In The Last Word, Thomas Nagel, one of the most influential philosophers writing in English, presents a sustained defense of reason against the attacks of subjectivism, delivering systematic rebuttals of relativistic claims with respect to language, logic, science, and ethics. He shows that the last word in disputes about the objective validity of any form of thought must lie in some unqualified thoughts about how things are--thoughts that we cannot regard from outside as mere psychological dispositions.

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