The Core of Mind and Cosmos

(transl. Marcin Iwanicki)

  • Thomas Nagel New York University
Keywords: Thomas Nagel; Mind and Cosmos; physical sciences; conscious life; conceptions of nature; materialist Neo-Darwinian conception of nature; theism


The essay outlines the main argument of Thomas Nagel’s influential book Mind and Cosmos: Why the Materialist Neo-Darwinian Conception of Nature is Almost Certainly False (Oxford University Press 2012). According to the argument the physical sciences in their present form cannot adequately account for our conscious life and are thus incomplete. This should not lead us to accept some form of theism, however, but to a search for a broader, more adequate conception of nature.