Conscience: The Origins of Moral Intuition Patricia Churchland

Conscience: The Origins of Moral Intuition

Author: Patricia Churchland
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Book Title
Conscience: The Origins of Moral Intuition
Author
Patricia Churchland
ISBN
9781324000891
In her brilliant work Touching a Nerve, Patricia S. Churchland, the distinguished founder of neurophilosophy, drew from scientific research on the brain to understand its philosophical and ethical implications for identity, consciousness, free will, and memory. In Conscience, she explores how moral systems arise from our physical selves in combination with environmental demands.All social groups have ideals for behavior, even though ethics vary among different cultures and among individuals within each culture. In trying to understand why, Churchland brings together an understanding of the influences of nature and nurture. She looks to evolution to elucidate how, from birth, our brains are configured to form bonds, to cooperate, and to care. She shows how children grow up in society to learn, through repetition and rewards, the norms, values, and behavior that their parents embrace. Conscience delves into scientific studies, particularly the fascinating work on twins, to deepen our understanding of whether people have a predisposition to embrace specific ethical stands. Research on psychopaths illuminates the knowledge about those who abide by no moral system and the explanations science gives for these disturbing individuals.Churchland then turns to philosophy--that of Socrates, Aquinas, and contemporary thinkers like Owen Flanagan--to explore why morality is central to all societies, how it is transmitted through the generations, and why different cultures live by different morals. Her unparalleled ability to join ideas rarely put into dialogue brings light to a subject that speaks to the meaning of being human.Binding Type: HardcoverAuthor: Patricia ChurchlandPublisher: W. W. Norton & CompanyPublished: 06/04/2019ISBN: 9781324000891Pages: 272Weight: 1.15lbsSize: 9.20h x 6.20w x 1.00dReview Citations: Library Journal Prepub Alert 02/01/2019 pg. 60Kirkus Reviews 04/01/2019Publishers Weekly 04/15/2019Library Journal 06/01/2019 pg. 113

In her brilliant work Touching a Nerve, Patricia S. Churchland, the distinguished founder of neurophilosophy, drew from scientific research on the brain to understand its philosophical and ethical implications for identity, consciousness, free will, and memory. In Conscience, she explores how moral systems arise from our physical selves in combination with environmental demands.

All social groups have ideals for behavior, even though ethics vary among different cultures and among individuals within each culture. In trying to understand why, Churchland brings together an understanding of the influences of nature and nurture. She looks to evolution to elucidate how, from birth, our brains are configured to form bonds, to cooperate, and to care. She shows how children grow up in society to learn, through repetition and rewards, the norms, values, and behavior that their parents embrace.

Conscience delves into scientific studies, particularly the fascinating work on twins, to deepen our understanding of whether people have a predisposition to embrace specific ethical stands. Research on psychopaths illuminates the knowledge about those who abide by no moral system and the explanations science gives for these disturbing individuals.

Churchland then turns to philosophy--that of Socrates, Aquinas, and contemporary thinkers like Owen Flanagan--to explore why morality is central to all societies, how it is transmitted through the generations, and why different cultures live by different morals. Her unparalleled ability to join ideas rarely put into dialogue brings light to a subject that speaks to the meaning of being human.



Binding Type: Hardcover
Author: Patricia Churchland
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Published: 06/04/2019
ISBN: 9781324000891
Pages: 272
Weight: 1.15lbs
Size: 9.20h x 6.20w x 1.00d

Review Citations: Library Journal Prepub Alert 02/01/2019 pg. 60
Kirkus Reviews 04/01/2019
Publishers Weekly 04/15/2019
Library Journal 06/01/2019 pg. 113

In her brilliant work Touching a Nerve, Patricia S. Churchland, the distinguished founder of neurophilosophy, drew from scientific research on the brain to understand its philosophical and ethical implications for identity, consciousness, free will, and memory. In Conscience, she explores how moral systems arise from our physical selves in combination with environmental demands.

All social groups have ideals for behavior, even though ethics vary among different cultures and among individuals within each culture. In trying to understand why, Churchland brings together an understanding of the influences of nature and nurture. She looks to evolution to elucidate how, from birth, our brains are configured to form bonds, to cooperate, and to care. She shows how children grow up in society to learn, through repetition and rewards, the norms, values, and behavior that their parents embrace.

Conscience delves into scientific studies, particularly the fascinating work on twins, to deepen our understanding of whether people have a predisposition to embrace specific ethical stands. Research on psychopaths illuminates the knowledge about those who abide by no moral system and the explanations science gives for these disturbing individuals.

Churchland then turns to philosophy--that of Socrates, Aquinas, and contemporary thinkers like Owen Flanagan--to explore why morality is central to all societies, how it is transmitted through the generations, and why different cultures live by different morals. Her unparalleled ability to join ideas rarely put into dialogue brings light to a subject that speaks to the meaning of being human.



Binding Type: Hardcover
Author: Patricia Churchland
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Published: 06/04/2019
ISBN: 9781324000891
Pages: 272
Weight: 1.15lbs
Size: 9.20h x 6.20w x 1.00d

Review Citations: Library Journal Prepub Alert 02/01/2019 pg. 60
Kirkus Reviews 04/01/2019
Publishers Weekly 04/15/2019
Library Journal 06/01/2019 pg. 113