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The Origins of Moral Intuition

Patricia Churchland (University of California, San Diego)



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04 June 2019
Distinguished founder of neurophilosophy Patricia S. Churchland explores why all social groups have ideals for behavior, even though ethics vary among different cultures, and even among individuals. Bringing together an understanding of the influences of nature and nurture, she looks to evolution to elucidate how our brains are configured to form bonds and to care; Churchland then turns to philosophy to understand how morality is transmitted through generations, and why it has become a central piece of all societies.
By:   Patricia Churchland (University of California San Diego)
Imprint:   Norton
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 244mm,  Width: 163mm,  Spine: 23mm
Weight:   500g
ISBN:   9781324000891
ISBN 10:   1324000899
Pages:   272
Publication Date:   04 June 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Patricia Churchland is the author of, most recently, Conscience: The Origins of Moral Intuition and Touching a Nerve: Our Brains, Our Selves. She is professor emerita of philosophy at the University of California, San Diego, and the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship. She lives in San Diego.

Reviews for Conscience: The Origins of Moral Intuition

... her conclusion-that conscience is not as fixed or universal as we might like to think-is a fascinating and provocative one. -- Economia Conscience is illuminating, entertaining and wise. -- Nature No one blends philosophy and neuroscience as well as Patricia Churchland. Here she provides a much-needed correction to the usual emphasis on reasoning and logic in moral philosophy. Our judgements are guided by ancient intuitions and brain processes shared with other mammals. -- Frans de Waal

  • Long-listed for PEN/E. O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award 2020
  • Short-listed for PEN/E. O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award 2020

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