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What is morality? Where does it come from? And why do most of us heed its call most of the time? InBraintrust, neurophilosophy pioneer Patricia Churchland. In Braintrust: What Neuroscience Tells Us about Morality, Churchland asks where values come from, and incorporates biological sciences with. PDF | On Nov 1, , Daniele Mario Cassaghi and others published Patricia S. Churchland – Braintrust. What Neuroscience Tells Us About Morality.

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On aims and methods of ethology. A major new account of what really makes us moral, Braintrust challenges us to bralntrust the origins of some of our most cherished values. Among its many roles, oxytocin decreases the stress response, making possible the friendly, trusting interactions typical of life in social mammals.

Preface to the Princeton Science Library Edition. Is something moral because god wills it or does god will it because it is moral. Educated general readers interested in the neurobiology and the underlying mechanisms of cooperation, attachment, and pair bonding might also find the book interesting.

She taught philosophy at the University of Manitoba from to and gells the wife of philosopher Paul Churchland.

She has sent me to references I would otherwise have missed; her summaries of the research of others is brief and to the point; braintruust some other reviewers have quoted her texts, it is clear that some degree neurooscience literary elegance graces her pages. This influential work is likely to be a valuable resource for anyone seeking to gain a fresh, exciting perspective on an oft-discussed area of philosophy.


But it’s still possible to pick up the gist of the arguments without being a neuroscientist. This is the book you would read if you could only read one that explains everything you always wanted to know about how and why you might hold particular beliefs.

Churchland argues against the Golden Rule but all her arguments against it would fail if she changed it to Kant’s second formulation of the categorical imperative which states that others are to be treated as ends in themselves not means to an end. Ricostruisce pure il suo pianto, il lamento. An accessible, well-written and well-researched book. A mutualistic approach to morality: Written with elegance, subtlety, and deep learning lightly worn, branitrust is one of those rare books that will enlighten and fascinate novices and experts alike.

In this regard Churchland does herself into a bit of a catch Request removal from index. An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy 40 3: Also, this philosopher was an advocate of ethical naturalism and seemed to view anybody who was not as being “anti-science.

Of course, if the disgust region and the contempt region seem to be the same, this might suggest some evolutionary pathway through which disgust a non-social emotion tekls with many omnivorous mammals becomes contempt a social emotion shared with few if any other species. Challenging Materialism’s “Chokehold” on Neuroscience. The dynamics of cultural evolution.

But to say that Churchland’s insights flow from her understanding of neurobiology is quite far-fetched. The Inner Morality of Private Law.

Braintrust: What Neuroscience Tells Us About Morality

Dec 26, Steven Williams rated it really liked it. Here pain and fear are identified as main emotions for corrective behaviors, as warning signals and as means of self-preservation. It’s the main reason I didn’t give it five te,ls. Is human morality the product of biological or social evolution? Churchland dislikes Utilitarianism and I found most of her arguments to be pretty sound but she liked John Stuart Mill mostly because his values she finds similar to Aristolte.


To her credit, Churchland gives the reader exactly what the subtitle promises, which in the end turns out to be abokt ‘not much, really’ or ‘it depends’, both of which are pretty boring.

But dammit Patricia, you could have run so much farther with this! She does well to say that speculation is still very much in accord with the finding and procedures laid out.

McKaughan – – Biology and Philosophy 27 4: It is also a unique and valuable bridge between neuroscience and philosophy.

Churchland explains the neurobiology of caring and the underlying mechanisms of social norms and behaviors i. It is an excellent neuroscience primer. She is also called a naturalist, because she thinks scientific research is the best basis for understanding the nature of the mind.

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Author information Copyright and License information Disclaimer. Preview — Braintrust by Patricia S. I must admit that I expected, from what I knew of Churchland, for there to be much more focus on neuroscience.