"Joyce's book is brilliant. There is nothing more important than knowing what we are doing when we speak in the language of value. We are animals that judge with cognitve and affective equipment. Joyce explains who we are. Nothing matters more."--Owen Flanagan, James B. Duke Professor of Philosophy, Duke University
"Churchland explores the organic concept of self and nonself and what they mean both biologically and philosophically." Terrence Riley, MD JAMA
"It is both lucid and profound, cutting through issues where others only obfuscate. The one to read." Maggie McDonald New Scientist
"There is a new wave in philosophy. The Queen of the Sciences is visiting the kitchen. Patricia Churchland is one of the creators of Neurophilosophy, the movement that thinks philosophers should know something about the brain. In this very sensible and readable book she is riding on the crest of the wave.If you are seriously interested in who you are, your thoughts, your emotions and in deep questions such as consciousness, free will and religion, this book is for you. Against a brief historical background it outlines all these issues and shows how modern neuroscience is helping to shed some light on them. It takes you from molecules to memory, from temporal lobe epilepsy to religiosity, and much more besides. There is no other book quite like it. A must for every intelligent reader."--Francis Crick, Salk Institute for Biological Studies
"A brillant tour of what neuroscience teaches about perennial philosophical problems of self, knowledge, identity, and the nature of things. It's also a thrilling primer on how philosophy itself will change as it takes knowledge of brain science to heart. A wonderful treat for the novice and the expert!"--Owen Flanagan, James B. Duke Professor of Philosophy, Duke University
"This is a unique and effective introduction to brain science from the perspective of the basic issues that frame the discipline. This should be a terrific source for the student of philosophy because it explores to what extent fundamental philosophical questions can be illuminated by empirical inquiry."--Larry Squire, School of Medicine, University of California, San Diego, and VA Medical Center, San DiegoPlease note: Arrived too late to appear on book jacket.
About the Author
Patricia Smith Churchland is UC President's Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, San Diego, and Adjunct Professor at the Salk Institute.