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Pigliucci, Massimo, 1964-
Answers for Aristotle : how science and philosophy can lead us to a more meaningful life / Massimo Pigliucci
New York : Basic Books, c2012
book jacket
Location Call Number Status
 3rd Floor  BD435 .P525 2012    AVAILABLE
Subject(s) Life
Ethics
Conduct of life
Science
Philosophy
Subject Aristotle
Physical Description 312 p. ; 22 cm
Note Includes index
Contents Sci-phi and the meaning of life -- Trolley dilemmas and how we make moral decisions -- Your brain on morality -- The evolution of morality -- A handy-dandy menu for building your own moral theory -- The not so rational animal -- Intuition vs. rationality, and how to become really good at what you do -- The limits of science -- The (limited) power of the will -- Who's in charge anyway?: the zombie inside you -- The hormones of love -- Friendship and the meaning of life -- Right, left, up, down: on politics -- Our innate sense of fairness -- On justice -- Your brain on God -- The evolution of religion -- Euthryphro's dilemma, morality as a human problem -- Conclusion: so what? -- Human nature and the meaning of life
Note Includes bibliographical references and index
Summary "How should we live? According to philosopher and biologist Massimo Pigliucci, the greatest guidance to this essential question lies in combining the wisdom of 24 centuries of philosophy with the latest research from 21st century science. In Answers for Aristotle, Pigliucci argues that the combination of science and philosophy first pioneered by Aristotle offers us the best possible tool for understanding the world and ourselves. As Aristotle knew, each mode of thought has the power to clarify the other: science provides facts, and philosophy helps us reflect on the values with which to assess them. But over the centuries, the two have become uncoupled, leaving us with questions--about morality, love, friendship, justice, and politics--that neither field could fully answer on its own. Pigliucci argues that only by rejoining each other can modern science and philosophy reach their full potential, while we harness them to help us reach ours. Pigliucci discusses such essential issues as how to tell right from wrong, the nature of love and friendship, and whether we can really ever know ourselves--all in service of helping us find our path to the best possible life. Combining the two most powerful intellectual traditions in history, Answers for Aristotle is a remarkable guide to discovering what really matters and why."--Book jacket
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