Equality and Partiality

Equality and Partiality Derived from Thomas Nagel s Locke Lectures Equality and Partiality proposes a nonutopian account of political legitimacy based on the need to accommodate both personal and impersonal motives in any

  • Title: Equality and Partiality
  • Author: Thomas Nagel
  • ISBN: 9780195098396
  • Page: 288
  • Format: Paperback
  • Derived from Thomas Nagel s Locke Lectures, Equality and Partiality proposes a nonutopian account of political legitimacy, based on the need to accommodate both personal and impersonal motives in any credible moral theory, and therefore in any political theory with a moral foundation Within each individual, Nagel believes, there is a division between two standpoints, theDerived from Thomas Nagel s Locke Lectures, Equality and Partiality proposes a nonutopian account of political legitimacy, based on the need to accommodate both personal and impersonal motives in any credible moral theory, and therefore in any political theory with a moral foundation Within each individual, Nagel believes, there is a division between two standpoints, the personal and the impersonal Without the impersonal standpoint, there would be no morality, only the clash, compromise, and occasional convergence of individual perspectives It is because a human being does not occupy only his own point of view that each of us is susceptible to the claims of others through private and public morality Political systems, to be legitimate, must achieve an integration of these two standpoints within the individual These ideas are applied to specific problems such as social and economic inequality, toleration, international justice, and the public support of culture Nagel points to the problem of balancing equality and partiality as the most important issue with which political theorists are now faced.

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    1. Thomas Nagel is an American philosopher, currently University Professor and Professor of Philosophy and Law at New York University, where he has taught since 1980 His main areas of philosophical interest are philosophy of mind, political philosophy and ethics He is well known for his critique of reductionist accounts of the mind in his essay What Is it Like to Be a Bat 1974 , and for his contributions to deontological and liberal moral and political theory in The Possibility of Altruism 1970 and subsequent writings.Thomas Nagel was born to a Jewish family in Belgrade, Yugoslavia now Serbia He received a BA from Cornell University in 1958, a BPhil from Oxford University in 1960, and a PhD from Harvard University in 1963 under the supervision of John Rawls Before settling in New York, Nagel taught briefly at the University of California, Berkeley from 1963 to 1966 and at Princeton University from 1966 to 1980 , where he trained many well known philosophers including Susan Wolf, Shelly Kagan, and Samuel Scheffler, who is now his colleague at NYU In 2006, he was made a member of the American Philosophical Society.Nagel is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy, and has held fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Science Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Humanities In 2008, he was awarded a Rolf Schock Prize for his work in philosophy, the Balzan prize, and the honorary degree of Doctor of Letters from Oxford University.

    One thought on “Equality and Partiality

    1. Interesting read about the relation between the dual personal impersonal nature of human perspectives, and how that is relevant to moral and political frameworks Written quite nicely.


    2. Now, this is a book with a rich political argument Nagel tries to find a way to support the idea that equality and impartiality can build the society of the future.What is always charming about Nagel is his clever writing, his intellectual humor and the methodic presentation of all the theoretical aspects of his argument.What I really distinguish from this book is the chapter about utopia, the arguments about charity and benevolence, the strength of the imagination on the possible future society [...]


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