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Author Ravven, Heidi M., 1952-

Title The self beyond itself : an alternative history of ethics, the new brain sciences, and the myth of free will / Heidi M. Ravven.

Imprint New York : New Press, 2013.


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Central Library Non-Fiction    170 RAV    Available
Description xv, 507 p. ; 25 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Searching for ethics: how do people become good (and bad)? -- Moral lessons of the Holocaust about good and evil, perpetrators and rescuers -- The overwhelming power of the group and the situation -- What happened to ethics: the Augustinian legacy of free will -- Another modernity: the moral naturalism of Maimonides and Spinoza -- Surveying the field: how the new brain sciences are exploring how and why we are (and are not) ethical -- Beginning again: the blessing and curse of neuroplasticity: interpretation (almost) all the way down -- The self in itself: what we can learn from the new brain sciences about our sense of self, self-protection, and self-furthering -- The self beyond itself: the "we that is I" and the "I that is we" -- What is ethics? how does moral agency work?.
Summary "A wideranging and bold argument for a new vision of ethics, one that takes into account neuroscience, philosophy, and psychology, challenging the ways in which we view our actions--and, indeed, our selves"--Book jacket.
Subject Ethics.
Free will and determinism.
ISBN 1595585370 hardback
9781595585370 hardback

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