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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (81 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kwame Anthony Appiah Narrator: Ralph Cosham Publisher: Caravan Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In the past few decades, scientists of human nature--including experimental and cognitive psychologists, neuroscientists, evolutionary theorists, and behavioral economists--have explored the way we arrive at moral judgments. They have called into question commonplaces about character and offered troubling explanations for various moral intuitions. Research like this may help explain what, in fact, we do and feel. But can it tell us what we ought to do or feel?

In Experiments in Ethics, the philosopher Kwame Anthony Appiah explores how the new empirical moral psychology relates to the age-old project of philosophical ethics. Some moral theorists hold that the realm of morality must be autonomous of the sciences others maintain that science undermines the authority of moral reasons. Appiah elaborates a vision of naturalism that resists both temptations. He traces an intellectual genealogy of the burgeoning discipline of 'experimental philosophy,' provides a balanced, lucid account of the work being done in this controversial and increasingly influential field, and offers a fresh way of thinking about ethics in the classical tradition. Appiah urges that the relation between empirical research and morality, now so often antagonistic, should be seen in terms of dialogue, not contest. And he shows how experimental philosophy, far from being something new, is actually as old as philosophy itself. Beyond illuminating debates about the connection between psychology and ethics, intuition and theory, his book helps us to rethink the very nature of the philosophical enterprise.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ross Mckinney | 2/14/2013

    " Well written. The first chapter is worth the read. After that, it seems to peter out, at least in terms of ideas I found novel and alluring. The book confronts the artificiality of many experiments used to define ethical values. What exactly can a trolley car tell us? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Mara | 12/17/2011

    " So exciting to find a living philosopher that inspires both emotion and thought! This was an excellent first introduction to Appiah's philosophies and unifying approach for evaluating ethics and morality from a logical yet humanistic standpoint. I can't wait to read more of his work. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Courtney | 1/27/2011

    " Interesting. Very. That is all I can say. Great for any of you philosophical thinkers out there. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Sarah | 9/13/2010

    " Cosmopolitanism-a name that universal believers in humanity share. I like this book more than Appiah's other works because it is philosophical writing for the less philosophical reader. I don't believe in the practicality of everything he writes but I still find it interesting. "

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