Thomas Nagel is Professor of Philosophy and Law at New York University. His previous books are The View From Nowhere, Mortal Questions and The Possibility of Altruism.
"In ten brief but generally well-written chapters, Nagel guides the uninitiated reader through some of the more perplexing philosophical problems, from the question of whether mind and body are different entities, to the nature (and possibility) of free will, to morality, justice, and the meaning of life and death.... His style is clear and free of technical terms, and the book should appeal to those who know little or nothing of the discipline."--Library Journal "Nagel does manage to give one a taste of what it is to think philosophically about things. This in itself is a worthy accomplishment in our busy, unphilosophical age. And unlike most academic introductions to the subject, his book preserves some trace of that sense of wonder that both Plato and Aristotle claimed was the origin of philosophical reflection."--Wall Street Journal