Answers for Aristotle

Answers for Aristotle

How Science and Philosophy Can Lead Us to A More Meaningful Life

Book - 2012
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A philosophy professor and blogger explains how science and philosophy can combine to help make daily decisions, how to determine right from wrong, how to figure out one's personal identity and also build a just society. 20,000 first printing.

Perseus Publishing
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 News
Pigliucci, a philosophy professor at the CUNY Graduate Center and former biology professor at Stony Brook University, argues for a productive relationship with science and philosophy that leads to the kind of well-being Aristotle indicates in his writings on "eudaimonia." He holds science and philosophy apart though and insists on avoiding the naturalistic fallacy of equivocating what is with what ought to be. This is supposed to affect how we live our lives and so the major themes of the book are of practical matters like how we decide between right and wrong and the evolution of morality, how we know what we do and the cognitive science behind intuition, self-knowledge and the psychological limits of willpower, politics and our sense of fairness, the brain and religious experience. A final section takes a stab at human nature and the meaning of life, where Pigliucci offers a hopeful prognosis about our baser nature's influence over the rest of us. In the end is a thematic guide for further reading. Annotation ©2012 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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A philosophy professor and blogger explains how science and philosophy can combine to help make daily decisions, how to determine right from wrong, how to figure out one's personal identity, and also build a just society.

Publisher: New York : Basic Books, c2012
Description: 312 p. ; 22 cm
ISBN: 9780465021383
0465021387
9780465032808
046503280X
Branch Call Number: 100 Pig

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