by Thomas Nagel
Thomas Nagel's Mortal Questions explores some fundamental issues concerning the meaning, nature and value of human life. Questions about our attitudes to death, sexual behaviour, social inequality, war and political power are shown to lead to more obviously philosophical problems about personal identity, consciousness, freedom and value. This original and illuminating book aims at a form of understanding that is both theoretical and personal in its lively engagement with what are literally issues of life and death.
Reading time: 6 – 7 hours
Also, he has a book called “Mortal Questions,” which is a collection of essays. There are some very good essays in there that were very influential in philosophy and should be more influential in the culture, generally. He introduces a concept of moral luck, for instance, which very few people think about it.