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“Highly readable and wide-ranging exploration . . . The writing is informative, witty and illustrated by vivid anecdotes.” Mark Vernon, The Times Literary Supplement
The Latest Answers to the Oldest Questions
A Philosophical Adventure with the World's Greatest Thinkers
978-0-8021-4347-1 • $14.00 • Paperback • Jan. 2008
The work of classic philosophersPlato, Aristotle, Descartes, and Nietzscheis well known. But what do contemporary thinkers say about what it means to be human? In this remarkably accessible, serious new book that challenges many of our assumptions, Nicholas Fearn turns to the world’s greatest living thinkers to evaluate the age-old questions: Who am I? What do I know? What should I do?
Fearn measures the current class of thinkers against the masters, attempting to understand how the theories we’ve inherited from nearly three thousand years of thought have stood the test of time and howdue to scientific advancements and societal changesthey have evolved. He grapples with the concept of the self, the origins of consciousness, the mind at birth, and identity and the human race in a digitized world. He explores how computer scientists have used machines to mimic human knowledge, and talks to those who think that artificial intelligence can never reproduce innate faculties such as intuition.
Moving deftly from Plato to pop culture, and capturing the ideas of prominent thinkers in their own voices, this is a fascinating mental (and physical) travelogue through the philosophy of today and a look at where we as humans are going.