Answers for Aristotle: How Science and Philosophy Can Lead Us to a More Meaningful Life

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Basic Books, 2012 - Philosophy - 312 pages
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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. InAnswers 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--thatneither 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.
 

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One of the better books I read in 2012. As a long-time reader of Massimo's blog, I was keen to see his thoughts fleshed out more and I wasn't disappointed. The central idea is that while science is a ... Read full review

Contents

SciPhi and the Meaning of Life
1
HOW DO WE TELL RIGHT FROM WRONG?
19
Your Own Moral Theory
59
HOW DO WE KNOW WHAT WE THINK WE KNOW?
77
How to Become Really Good
91
The Limits of Science
109
The Limited Power of the Will
127
Whos in Charge Anyway?
143
THE POLITICAL ANIMAL INSIDE
185
Our Innate Sense of Fairness
203
On Justice
213
WHAT ABOUT GOD?
229
The Evolution of Religion
243
Morality
263
Human Nature
273
Acknowledgments
289

The Hormones of Love
157
Friendship and the Meaning of Life
173

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Massimo Pigliucci is a professor in the philosophy program at the City University of New York's Graduate Center and was formerly a biology professor at Stony Brook University. He is the author or editor of eight previous books, most recently Nonsense on Stilts: How to Tell Science from Bunk. He lives in New York City.

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