CAHSS Faculty Articles

Title

Answers for Aristotle: How Science and Philosophy can Lead Us to a More Meaningful Life

Department

Department of History and Political Science

Publication Date

3-26-2013

Publication Title

Metapsychology Online Reviews

ISSN

1931-5716

Volume

17

Issue/No.

15

Abstract

Excerpt

There was a time when books by serious philosophers about serious philosophical issues targeted specifically at a non-specialist audience were more common. I’m thinking her of authors like Mortimer Adler and Will Durant. That they are now so rare perhaps indicates a commensurate decline in an intelligent reading public, particularly in the United States, in the latter half of the last century. But that audience may be again growing if a recent trend in publishing is a measure of such things. Julian Bagginini and Alain De Botton, to name only two prominent examples, seem to have had some recent success in addressing serious philosophy to general audiences. Now Massimo Pigliucci’s Answers for Aristotle offers us a similar approach. But there is this interesting difference. As the book’s sub-title indicates, Pigliucci offers discussions of what science adds to what current philosophy has to say on a number of issues of importance to human living.

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