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A Conversation between Patricia Smith Churchland and Walter Sinnott-Armstrong

University of California, San Diego and Duke University


Patricia Smith Churchland is UC President’s Professor of Philosophy at UC San Diego, focuses on neuroethics and attempts to understand choice, responsibly and the basis of moral norms in terms of brain function, evolution and brain-culture interactions. Her books include Brain-Wise; Neurophilosophy: Toward a Unified Science of the Mind-Brain; and On the Contrary, with husband Paul M. Churchland.

Walter Sinnott-Armstrong is the Chaucey Stillman Professor in Practical Ethics in the Department of Philosophy and the Kenan Institute for Ethics. He is the Codirector of the MacArthur Law and Neuroscience Project and Co investigator at the Oxford Centre for Neuroethics. He has worked on ethics (theoretical, applied and empirical), philosophy of law, epistemology, philosophy of religion, and informal logic.


Books by Patricia Churchland:

Braintrust: What Neuroscience Tells Us about Morality Brain-Wise: Studies in Neurophilosophy Neurophilosophy: Toward a Unified Science of the Mind-Brain