When Biology and Philosophy Collide

According to Christopher Shea of The Chronicle, Patricia Churchland “has long made the case that philosophers must take account of neuroscience in their investigations”.

This case is addressed in her book Braintrust: What Neuroscience Tells Us about Morality, which Shea describes as:

“…a bottom-up, biological story, but, in her telling, it also has implications for ethical theory. Morality turns out to be not a quest for overarching principles but rather a process and practice not very different from negotiating our way through day-to-day social life.”

Shea ends by suggesting that Churchland might have a long battle ahead of her to defend her ideas, but that Churchland’s “combative sensibility” will offer her an edge.

Read more here at The Chronicle: http://chronicle.com/article/The-Biology-of-Ethics/127789/