Answers for Aristotle
How Science and Philosophy Can Lead Us to a More Meaningful Life
By Massimo Pigliucci
(Basic Books (AZ), Hardcover, 9780465021383, 312pp.)
Publication Date: October 2012
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[Answers for Aristotle] will make you reflect on both the meaning of scienceand of your own life.”
[A] careful examination of the surprising connections between science and philosophy.[Answers for Aristotle] is a witty and insightful look at the relevance of philosophy today.”
Bravely renewing the entire Aristotelian project, Pigliucci surveys the latest scientific research in primatology, psychology, and neurobiology, always integrating the researchers’ empirical findings into a meaningful philosophical perspective. This scientific-philosophical (or sci-phi”) perspective opens onto particularly provocative interpretations of human morality.Remarkably versatile....A book sure to spark debate.”
A useful introduction to sources on both sides of the science-philosophy divide.”
Dario Maestripieri, Professor of Comparative Human Development, The University of Chicago, and author of Games Primates Play
Massimo Pigliucci’s beautiful mind and encyclopedic knowledge are on full display in Answers for Aristotle. He is as comfortable discussing quantum physics and cognitive psychology as he is explaining the complexities of evolutionary biology and moral philosophy. Answers for Aristotle is a stimulating, entertaining book that demonstrates that we need both science and philosophy to make sense of who we are and how we live our lives.”
Glenn Branch, Deputy Director, National Center for Science Education
From ethics to epistemology, from the self to the state, from the hormones of love to the heavens above, Massimo Pigliucci’s Answers for Aristotle argues for the mutual relevance of science and philosophy in understanding the world in which we live. Enthusiastic, enlightening, and enthralling.”