Thomas Nagel

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Thomas Nagel (; born July 4, 1937) is an American philosopher. He is University Professor of Philosophy and Law, Emeritus, at New York University, where he taught from 1980 to 2016. His main areas of philosophical interest are legal philosophy, political philosophy, and ethics.Nagel is known for his critique of material reductionist accounts of the mind, particularly in his essay "What Is It Like to Be a Bat?" (1974), and for his contributions to liberal moral and political theory in The Possibility of Altruism (1970) and subsequent writings. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Thomas Nagel has received more than 866,337 page views. His biography is available in 30 different languages on Wikipedia. Thomas Nagel is the 504th most popular philosopher (up from 517th in 2019), the 68th most popular biography from Serbia (down from 67th in 2019) and the most popular Philosopher.

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Among philosophers, Thomas Nagel ranks 504 out of 1,081Before him are Valentinus, Peter Deunov, Émile Chartier, Yan Hui, Theodorus the Atheist, and Kenneth Waltz. After him are Axel Honneth, Tom Regan, Bion of Borysthenes, A. J. Ayer, Hasdai Crescas, and Murray Bookchin.

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Among people born in 1937, Thomas Nagel ranks 78Before him are Fernando de la Rúa, Tamara Press, John Horton Conway, Cüneyt Arkın, Rafael Moneo, and Yoshirō Mori. After him are Maryse Condé, Shirley Bassey, Tony Burton, Tom Simpson, Billy Dee Williams, and Boris Pugo.

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Among people born in Serbia, Thomas Nagel ranks 68 out of 564Before him are Draga Mašin (1864), Irinej, Serbian Patriarch (1930), Duško Popov (1912), Dušan Simović (1882), Şehsuvar Sultan (1682), and Gojko Mitić (1940). After him are Radoje Domanović (1873), Moša Pijade (1890), Radomir Antić (1948), Martin of Braga (520), Živojin Mišić (1855), and Dušan Makavejev (1932).


Among philosophers born in Serbia, Thomas Nagel ranks 1After him are Svetozar Marković (1846).