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SDL Book Club March 2014: Braintrust: What Neuroscience Tells Us about Morality

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March 2014Braintrust: What Neuroscience Tells Us about Morality – By Patricia Churchland

Please have this read by March 24, 2014 for a discussion within a week of that date.

From Wikipedia:  “Particia Churchland is a is a Canadian-American philosopher noted for her contributions to neurophilosophy and the philosophy of mind. She is UC President’s Professor of Philosophy Emerita at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), where she has taught since 1984. She has also held an adjunct professorship at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies since 1989. Educated at the University of British Columbia, the University of Pittsburgh, and the University of Oxford, she taught philosophy at the University of Manitoba from 1969 to 1984 and is married to the philosopher Paul Churchland.”

Patricia Churchland previously wrote a book called Neurophilosophy in which she lays the foundation for the study of philosophy based on basic neuroscience and does a nice job giving an overview of neuropsychology and develops a template for studying philosophy from a basic resaerch persepctive.  In Braintrust, Churchland attempts to describe what we know about morality and moral behavior through social sciences and the underlying neural mechanisms (mostly from preclinical/animal research).  This should be a fun read for us all and I look forward to discussing it with you all next month!


Written by Michael Mohammadi

March 1, 2014 at 14:28

Posted in Book Club, Neuroscience

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