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Fate & Philosophy: A Journey through Life’s Great QuestionsBy Jim Flynn
Jim Flynn is on a mission to change how we think about the modern world, our place in it, and the moral choices we make. In The Torchlight List he argued that great literature can change lives. Now in Fate & Philosophy, he looks at tough moral decisions we face and urges us not to be influenced by subconscious conditioning inherited from our parents, our religion, or any other source.
Fate & Philosophy is both an exhilarating introduction to philosophy and a mind-bending tour through its intersection with science, in particular research on the human brain.
Flynn explores the deep-seated factors that make each person unique:
– Why do we make the moral choices we do?
– Why do we want a higher authority to tell us what is right and wrong?
– Should we be blamed for bad behaviour?
And brilliantly unravels profound issues:
– Is a good society possible?
– Can politics and war ever be ethical?
– Does science hold the answers?
For readers who enjoy The Consolations of Philosophy (Alain de Botton), Who Am I? (Richard David Precht) and other stimulating books by contemporary thinkers.
Jim Flynn is one of New Zealand’s leading intellectuals and an international authority on intelligence and IQ.
The superb sequel to The Torchlight List.
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On 16 September 2011, Jim featured on TVNZ’s Q & A
This fine book introduces readers to the important issues of philosophy with clarity and intelligence
BYRON KALDIS, THE HELLENIC OPEN UNIVERSITY
Anyone interested in discovering philosophy will find this engaging and easily readable, and enjoy the personal flavour and provocative charm of Flynn’s discussions.
ADRIANE RINI, MASSEY UNIVERSITY
Valuable … presents perennial intellectual troublemakers, such as what it is to be morally good, is there any point in religion, and how to resist recent attempts to portray science as just another story.
ROM HARRÉ, FORMER LECTURER IN PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE, OXFORD UNIVERSITY
Published: July 2012