… though Nagel doesnât write about art in âMind and Cosmos,â the bookâs widest implications involve art and how it helps us to understand the world. If Nagel is right, art itself would no longer be merely the scientistâs leisure-time fulfillment but would be (I think, correctly) recognized as a primary mode of coming to grips with the mental and moral essence of the universe. It would be a key source of the very definition of life. Aesthetics will be propelled to the forefront of philosophy as a crucial part of metaphysical biology, and so, the writing and practice of philosophy will come to look more like texts by Nietzsche, with their own built-in aesthetic and subjective components and emphases on historical and practical events. The very beauty of Nagelâs theoryâits power to inspire imaginationâcounts in its favor.
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