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Tuesday
May292012

RS62 - Patricia Churchland on What Neuroscience Tells Us About Morality

Release date: June 3, 2012


The Rationally Speaking podcast is proud to feature another certified genius: Patricia Churchland, a philosopher well known for her contributions to neurophilosophy and the philosophy of the mind, was professor at the University of California San Diego from 1984-2010, and won the MacArthur Genius Grant in 1991. In this episode, she, Massimo, and Julia discuss what philosophy has to say about neuroscience, what neuroscience has to say about philosophy, and what both of them have to say about morality.

Patricia's pick: "Language as a Cultural Tool"

 

References:
Braintrust: What Neuroscience Tells Us about Morality"
Donald Pfaf: Man and Woman

Reader Comments (2)

Ms Churchland might be a genius, but she's a novice at listening. I also think Massimo have taken a step back, especially because the show was right up his alley. The best shows are a good balance between you and Julia. I wish I could have heard more complete thoughts for her this show.

June 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMark Erickson

Agreed. Ms Churchland's "Braintrust" is an excellent and challenging text. Her strategy on getting from "is" to "ought" is provocative and worthy of a show onto itself. My hope and wish is that Massimo and Julia have Ms Churchland back to address this philosophical issue and related ones, such as the role of "emergent" properties and the place of reductionism in her philosophical outlook.

September 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJoe Palau

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