What Makes Us Think?: A Neuroscientist and a Philosopher Argue About Ethics, Human Nature and the Brain by Jean-Pierre Changeux, Paul Ricoeur (Paperback, 2002)
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- DescriptionWill understanding our brains help us to kw our minds? Or is there an unbridgeable distance between the work of neuroscience and the workings of human consciousness? In a remarkable exchange between neuroscientist Jean-Pierre Changeux and philosopher Paul Ricoeur, this book explores the vexed territory between these divergent approaches--and comes to a deeper, more complex perspective on human nature. Ranging across diverse traditions, from phrelogy to PET scans and from Spiza to Charles Taylor, What Makes Us Think? revolves around a central issue: the relation between the facts (or what is ) of science and the prescriptions (or what ought to be ) of ethics. Changeux and Ricoeur ask: Will neuroscientific kwledge influence our moral conduct? Is a naturally based ethics possible? Pursuing these questions, they attack key topics at the intersection of philosophy and neuroscience: What are the relations between brain states and psychological experience? Between language and truth? Memory and culture? Behavior and action? What is a mental representation? How does a sign relate to what it signifies? How might subjective experience be constructed rather than discovered? And can biological or cultural evolution be considered progressive? Throughout, Changeux and Ricoeur provide unprecedented insight into what neuroscience can--and cant--tell us about the nature of human experience. Changeux and Ricoeur bring an unusual depth of engagement and breadth of kwledge to each other's subject. In doing so, they make two often hostile disciplines speak to one ather in surprising and instructive ways--and speak with all the subtlety and passion of conversation at its very best.
- Author BiographyJean-Pierre Changeux, Professor of Neurobiology at the College de France, is the author of Neuronal Man and, with Alain Connes, Conversations on Mind, Matter, and Mathematics (both Princeton). Paul Ricoeur is a hermeneutic philosopher and the author of many books, including Time and Narrative.
- Author(s)Jean-Pierre Changeux,Paul Ricoeur
- PublisherPrinceton University Press
- Date of Publication04/02/2002
- Place of PublicationNew Jersey
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintPrinceton University Press
- Content Note16 halftones 16 line illus.
- Weight342 g
- Width127 mm
- Height203 mm
- Spine22 mm
- Translated byM. B. DeBevoise
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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