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- Publisher: The New Press (September 16, 2014)
- Publication Date: July 19, 2019
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- Language: English
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Jaak Panksepp, Baily Endowed Professor in Animal Well-Being Sciences, Washington State University, and author of The Archaeology of Mind
An intellectual hand-grenade, The Self Beyond Itself is a magisterial survey of how contemporary neuroscience supports a vision of human morality which puts it squarely on the same plane as other natural phenomena. . . . This book will spark fruitful debate and reminds us of the debt we owe Aristotle and Spinoza as we make sense of ourselves as part of the natural world.”
William D. Casebeer, author of Natural Ethical Facts
The most brilliant, original book on ethics in decades. Ravven’s immense erudition and sharp critical insights are extraordinary. This is a fascinating book for everyone concerned about education, politics, history, philosophy, religion, and the survival of human society.”
Susannah Heschel, Eli Black Professor of Jewish Studies, Dartmouth College
Shatters the many bubbles that contemporary philosophers have built around themselves. Its criticisms of free will are historically grounded and logically cogent; its alternative views of freedom and moral agency, drawing largely on Spinoza, are persuasive and much needed. This book will generate wide discussion in academic fieldsand break new paths for society as a whole.”
John McCumber, professor of Germanic languages, UCLA
I began reading this book, because I had agreed to; I stayed because it riveted me. Not only is this a brilliant examination of ethical behavior in the light of history, social psychology, brain science, and philosophy, it is a powerful demonstration of what those disciplines are for. A new basis for the instilling of ethical behavior cannot be gainsaid after reading The Self Beyond Itself.”
Daniel Boyarin, Taubman Professor of Talmudic Culture, University of California, Berkeley
Fascinating, accessible, and engaging. . . . Ravven provides an alternative vision of human ethics, initially expressed in the naturalistic philosophy of Spinoza but also well supported by contemporary research in the cognitive sciences.”
Wendell Wallach, Yale Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics
Extraordinarily wide-ranging, fervently argued, and visionary. . . . Ravven’s book is an exemplary case of a public philosophy, or the use of different modes of reasoning to broaden political sensibilities and battle provincialism.”
Jim Wetzel, Augustinian Chair, Villanova University
A thought-provoking study about the most urgent moral questions.”
Warren Zev Harvey, professor emeritus, Department of Jewish Thought, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
A perfect book for thoughtful people who wish they had taken (or wish they had paid attention in) a philosophy class in college. The real-life examples render the ideas very accessible and illustrate how our concepts of self’ influence everything we do. Make it the gift you give your self.’”
P.H. Longstaff, professor, S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, Syracuse University
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Still, an important book with a lot of detail by an intelligent writer.
Ravven writes with great clarity and eloquence. Her arguments are very thoroughly thought out and thoroughly explained. The best audience for the book would be intelligent laymen who have an active interest in the topics presented in the book, who read carefully, and who take the time to think about what they read. It is not a passive reading experience. But for an intelligent person who seriously wants to shed a great deal of light on the confusing notion of what "human nature" is, I recommend this book highly.
Cartesian dualism dies in this book.
I/we are embodied, social, extended, contingent beings.
Sort of falls down at the end; we are left with Aristotle’s “Know thyself”. But that’s a good start.