Source: The New York Times
By Olivia Goldhill
CONSCIENCE – The Origins of Moral Intuition By Patricia S. Churchland
In “Conscience,” Patricia Churchland recounts a conversation with Francis Crick, the co-discoverer of DNA, in which he laments moral philosophers’ focus on reason. “Surely,” he said, “philosophers must know about biological evolution.” Philosophers might well respond that they’re interested in reason’s capacity to show us how we should behave, rather than how we do behave, but this perspective is given little credence in Churchland’s strikingly unphilosophical philosophy book.