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Answers for Aristotle : how science and philosophy can lead us to amore meaningful life

Author: Massimo Pigliucci
Publisher: New York : Basic Books, ©2012.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Consider the following scenario: you're walking on a bridge and notice a trolley on the tracks below. To your horror, the trolley is hurtling directly toward five innocent bystanders. You also see a lever nearby: if you pull it, you can divert the trolley to a different track. The catch is that diverting it will guarantee the death of a sixth person nearby. Would you pull the lever? Most people unhesitatingly answer  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Livres numériques
Named Person: Aristotle.; Aristotle.; Aristotle.
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Massimo Pigliucci
ISBN: 046503280X 9780465032808
OCLC Number: 1136287965
Description: 1 ressource en ligne (vi, 312 pages)
Contents: Sci-phi and the meaning of life --
Trolley dilemmas and how we make moral decisions --
Your brain on morality --
The evolution of morality --
A handy-dandy menu for building your own moral theory --
The not so rational animal --
Intuition vs. rationality, and how to become really good at what you do --
The limits of science --
The (limited) power of the will --
Who's in charge anyway?: the zombie inside you --
The hormones of love --
Friendship and the meaning of life --
Right, left, up, down: on politics --
Our innate sense of fairness --
On justice --
Your brain on God --
The evolution of religion --
Euthryphro's dilemma, morality as a human problem --
Conclusion: so what? --
Human nature and the meaning of life.
Responsibility: Massimo Pigliucci.

Abstract:

Consider the following scenario: you're walking on a bridge and notice a trolley on the tracks below. To your horror, the trolley is hurtling directly toward five innocent bystanders. You also see a lever nearby: if you pull it, you can divert the trolley to a different track. The catch is that diverting it will guarantee the death of a sixth person nearby. Would you pull the lever? Most people unhesitatingly answer yes-happy to sacrifice one life to save five-but balk if, instead of simply pulling a lever they were required topush a person off the bridge to stop the trolley-even if the resul.

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