Best take down of Thomas Nagel's new book yet...
Read Robert Wolff's post here. It perfectly captures what I saw as an obvious failure of Nagel's book attacking something he called "neo-Darwinism" and captured further for me at least the limits of philosophy as a discipline these days. My son, a biology major at a STEM school in the northeast, and a budding entomologist, has more respect than I do for philosophy as a discipline. He will definitely count the ants, as Wilson (a hero of his) did, and may still be able to engage in the rigorous theoretics that philosophers are often prone to do.
I did not think the positive reviews in the NY Review of Books when Nagel's book was released were justified. Nagel struck me as someone who cannot identify the tautologies inherent in his main argument against materialist positions....and can't even tell when he is making assumptions that he has not disclosed to himself but which are apparent to his readers.