The View From Nowhere

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The View From Nowhere is a book by philosopher Thomas Nagel. Published by Oxford University Press in 1986, it contrasts passive and active points of view in how humanity interacts with the world, relying either on a subjective perspective that reflects a point of view or an objective perspective that takes a more detached perspective.[1] Nagel describes the objective perspective as the "view from nowhere", one where the only valuable ideas are ones derived independently.[2]


Historian Peter Gay praised The View From Nowhere.[3]


  1. ^ Colin McGinn: Minds and Bodies : Philosophers and Their Ideas: Philosophers and Their Ideas. Oxford University Press, 1997.
  2. ^ Alan Thomas: Thomas Nagel. Routledge, Jan 28, 2015.
  3. ^ Gay, Peter (1990). Reading Freud: Explorations & Entertainments. New Haven and London: Yale University Press. p. 186. ISBN 0-300-05127-1.