Who Am I?
Who Am I?
And If So, How Many?
Spiegel & Grau, Paperback, 9780385531184, 282pp.
Publication Date: August 23, 2011
#1 INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER
TRANSLATED INTO 23 LANGUAGES, WITH MORE THAN ONE MILLION COPIES SOLD
What is truth? What is love? Does life have meaning? Bestselling author Richard David Precht, “the Mick Jagger of the nonfiction book” (Tagesanzeiger Zürich), has traveled the globe searching for answers—and his odyssey has become one of the most talked-about books around the world. Combining classic philosophy and cutting-edge neuroscience, Precht guides readers through the thickest jungles of academic discourse with the greatest of ease, taking on subjects as challenging and divisive as abortion, cloning, the eating of animals, euthanasia, the ethics of reproductive science, and the very future of humanity.
Who knows? By the end of this wildly entertaining journey, you just might be able to answer, Who Am I?
Shelley Frisch is the prize-winning translator of biographies of Nietzsche, Einstein, and Kafka. She lives in Princeton, New Jersey.
“Precht moves between his various topics with the easy style of Alain de Botton…
A remarkably informative and lively read.” —Publishers Weekly
“Precht takes his title from the ravings of a drunken friend. But he takes the framework for his wide-ranging inquiry from a stone-cold sober Immanuel Kant, who reduced the philosophic project to four questions: What can I know? What should I do? What can I hope for? What is man? But inebriated friend and sober philosopher share an interest in the human experience, an experience Precht illuminates by showing that no matter how much modern neuroscience and psychology may have reframed Kant’s first three questions, it is sill the philosopher who must supply the final answers…Readers learn, for instance, that while neuroscientists can explain the biochemistry involved when the brain acquires new knowledge, only philosophy can interpret the way the human self distills knowledge in language and moral judgment. Similar reasoning demonstrates why the philosopher seeking understanding must move beyond brain mapping to explain morality and beyond hormones to fathom love…serious readers everywhere will appreciate a book that restores philosophy to contemporary relevance.” —Booklist (starred review)
“This book not only instructs but delights the reader. It goes down like a cool beer on a warm summer’s eve.”—Der Spiegel
“A fantastic, brilliant book!”—ZDF
“A brilliant dive into human knowledge.”—Version Femina
“Both entertaining and instructive . . . accessible to every reader.”—L’Est républicain
“A sweeping guide that goes right to the heart of things.”—Buchjournal