All The More Reason


Self–Conscious Man
March 9, 2007, 11:49 pm
Filed under: Philosophy

There’s a great piece by Theodore Dalrymple in the New English Review considering the current wave of neuroscience and neurology hoping to explain all human behaviour.

Those who say that we are on the verge of a huge increase in self-understanding are claiming that enlightenment will suddenly be reached under the scientific bo tree. The enlightenment will have to be sudden rather than gradual because, if it were gradual, we should already be able to point to an increase in human contentment and self-control brought about by our already increased knowledge. But even the most advanced societies are just as full of angst, or poor impulse control, of existential bewilderment, of adherence to clearly irrational doctrines, as ever they were. There is no sign that, Prozac and neurosurgery notwithstanding, any of this is about to change fundamentally.

Maybe materialism will make a big comeback within philosophy.

J.S.

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