The Latest Answers to the Oldest Questions

The Latest Answers to the Oldest Questions

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The work of the classic philosophers is well known. But what do contemporary thinkers say about what it is to be a human being? In his serious, challenging, and remarkably accessible new book, Nicholas Fearn turns to contemporary philosophers to ask the age old questions: Who am I? What do I know? What should I do? In his search for higher meaning, Fearn consults with thinkers from around the world (including John Searle, Martha Nussbaum, Peter Singer, Richard Rorty, Daniel Dennett, Noam Chomsky, Derek Parfit, Nick Bostrom, among many others) to create an impressive survey of recent thought. Variously, they believe that free will, identity, and consciousness are not what they seem; that the difference between virtue and wickedness can be a matter of sheer luck; and that, one day, we will all be vegetarians. Fearn discovers that the topics havenA•t changed, though our world has. Or has it? Moving deftly from pop culture to the writings of Plato, Philosophy is a brilliant and entertaining guide to the current state of the philosophical thought.In each of the other rooms is a test subject, one a human and the other a computer. The interrogator asks the human and the computer questions through his terminal, and if he cannot tell which is the artificial mind and which the a#39;reala#39; mind, anbsp;...

Title:The Latest Answers to the Oldest Questions
Author:Nicholas Fearn
Publisher:Grove/Atlantic, Inc. - 2008-01-29


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