A philosopher comments on science and morality

By Ken Perrott 29/12/2010

Here’s another video from the Great debate ’Can Science tell us Right
from Wrong?’
(See Telling right from wrong? for more details of this
debate and workshop).

It’s the presentation by Pat Churchland. She is a philosopher who gives qualified support to the concept that science can tell us right from wrong. Its interesting because she does spend some time discussion issues which probably concern many people about this suggestion. Things like the possible arrogance of such decision making and the fact that scientific knowledge is not absolute. Her presentation, which is only 13 min long, also outlines the origins of human morality.

TSN: Patricia Smith Chuchland, posted with vodpod

Patricia Smith Churchland is a Professor Emerita of Philosophy at the University of California, San Diego. She is also an adjunct faculty member at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies. Her research focuses on the interface between neuroscience and philosophy. Her books include ’Brain-Wise: Studies in Neurophilosophy,’ ’Neurophilosophy: Toward a Unified Science of the Mind-Brain and On the Contrary: Critical Essays, 1987-1997,’ with husband Paul M. Churchland. Her newest book, Braintrust: What Neuroscience Tells Us about Morality,’ is due out in spring 2011.

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