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Thomas Nagel

Data de nascimento: 4. Julho 1937

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Thomas Nagel é um filósofo dos Estados Unidos, professor de Filosofia e Direito na Universidade de Nova Iorque. Seus trabalhos se concentram em filosofia da mente, filosofia política e ética. É conhecido por sua crítica aos estudos reducionistas sobre a mente em seu "What Is it Like to Be a Bat?" , de 1974, e por sua contribuição à teoria político-moral liberal e deontológica em "A Possibilidade do Altruísmo", de 1970.

Também é autor de "Uma breve introdução à Filosofia", obra de divulgação que aborda temas da filosofia em linguagem acessível, propondo uma reflexão individual acerca de questões como saber o que é o certo e o que é o errado.

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„I speak from experience, being strongly subject to this fear myself: I want atheism to be true and am made uneasy by the fact that some of the most intelligent and well-informed people I know are religious believers.“

— Thomas Nagel
Context: In speaking of the fear of religion, I don’t mean to refer to the entirely reasonable hostility toward certain established religions and religious institutions, in virtue of their objectionable moral doctrines, social policies, and political influence. Nor am I referring to the association of many religious beliefs with superstition and the acceptance of evident empirical falsehoods. I am talking about something much deeper—namely, the fear of religion itself. I speak from experience, being strongly subject to this fear myself: I want atheism to be true and am made uneasy by the fact that some of the most intelligent and well-informed people I know are religious believers. It isn’t just that I don’t believe in God and, naturally, hope that I’m right in my belief. It’s that I hope there is no God! I don’t want there to be a God; I don’t want the universe to be like that. The Last Word, Oxford University Press, 1997, pp. 130-131.

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„I don’t want there to be a God; I don’t want the universe to be like that.“

— Thomas Nagel
Context: In speaking of the fear of religion, I don’t mean to refer to the entirely reasonable hostility toward certain established religions and religious institutions, in virtue of their objectionable moral doctrines, social policies, and political influence. Nor am I referring to the association of many religious beliefs with superstition and the acceptance of evident empirical falsehoods. I am talking about something much deeper—namely, the fear of religion itself. I speak from experience, being strongly subject to this fear myself: I want atheism to be true and am made uneasy by the fact that some of the most intelligent and well-informed people I know are religious believers. It isn’t just that I don’t believe in God and, naturally, hope that I’m right in my belief. It’s that I hope there is no God! I don’t want there to be a God; I don’t want the universe to be like that. The Last Word, Oxford University Press, 1997, pp. 130-131.

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