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The Last Word

Thomas Nagel


In this discussion of where justification and understanding come to an end, Nagel undertakes to refute various forms of subjectivism. Defending rationalism, he argues that there are some thoughts that we simply cannot get outside of; thoughts that we cannot regard as mere psychological dispositions. The last word on philosophical disputes about the objectivity of any form of thought must lie in some unqualified thoughts about how things are. In the domains of logic and mathematics, certain basic propositions are immune to doubt being central to the framework of everything we can think. In the ... More

Keywords: ethics, justification, logic, mathematics, objectivity, psychological dispositions, rationalism, religion, science, subjectivism, understanding

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Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780195149838
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0195149831.001.0001


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