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, the book 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.