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Answers for Aristotle


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Massimo Pigliucci is a professor in the philosophy program at the City University of New York's Graduate centre and was formerly a biology professor at Stony Brook University. He is the author or editor of eight previous books, most recently Nonsense on Stilts: How to Tell Science from Bunk. He lives in New York City.


Philosophy Now "Answers for Aristotle is a lively, impressively-argued foray into topics ranging from Kepler's improvement of Copernicus's heliocentric theory, to the discovery of Neptune, to Stanley Milgram's obedience experiment, to Kantian duty ethics... Answers for Aristotle is a veritable Cook's Tour of science, philosophy, and the curious meeting ground of the two. The best approach, as the author intended, is to sit back in a quiet hour or two and take it all in, then look back afterward to behold the vast terrain you have covered." The Philosopher's Magazine "Wide-ranging and very readable... [Pigliucci provides] fascinating and well-thought-out examples...he shows us that philosophy and science can together become greater than the sum of their parts." Choice "Pigliucci is proof positive that the reports of philosophy's death have been greatly exaggerated... This book is a refreshing, sympathetic look at how philosophy can enlist the help of science to answer enduring questions... [A] highly enjoyable book." San Francisco/Sacramento Book Review "[A] very important book... It is a fascinating book and great reading... [Pigliucci's] knowledge is astounding." Booklist Online "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." Kirkus Reviews "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." Brain Pickings "Answers for Aristotle explores diverse yet uniformly fascinating and essential subjects we've previously explored and will continue to explore for the foreseeable lifetime--love, morality, what it means to be human, the meaning of life, the limits of science, and much more." Skeptical Inquirer "[Pigliucci] is that rare academic...who is both an evolutionary biologist and philosopher (he has doctorates in both fields), and so he knows, better than most, that both science and philosophy are essential to understanding ourselves and our world... [A] lively discussion." New Scientist "[Answers for Aristotle] will make you reflect on both the meaning of science...and of your own life." Publishers Weekly "[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."

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