Thomas Nagel-- (1937) is an American philosopher, currently University Professor of Philosophy and Law Emeritus at New York University in the NYU Department of Philosophy, where he has taught since 1980. His main areas of philosophical interest are philosophy of mind, political philosophy and ethics. Nagel is well known for his critique of reductionist accounts of the mind, particularly in his essay "What Is it Like to Be a Bat?" (1974), and for his contributions to
This book review of Thomas Nagel's "Mind and Cosmos" gets at the heart of the issues: "Since neither physics nor Darwinian biology—the concept of evolution—can account for the emergence of a mental world from a physical one, Nagel contends that the mental side of existence must somehow have been present in creation from the very start." Nagel, who confesses to being an atheist at one point, pleads for a new science to explain the unexplained.
Voyeurism, exhibitionism, sadism and masochism are, according to Nagel, incomplete forms of communication. Nagel addresses homosexuality, and concludes that using this argument one can hardly call homosexuality perverse, since two persons of the same sex can certainly have complete communication.
Mind and Cosmos: Philosopher Thomas Nagel's Brave Critique of Scientific Reductionism --- How our hunger for definitive answers robs us of the intellectual humility necessary for understanding the universe and our place in it.