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Fate & Philosophy

Fate & Philosophy

A Journey Through Life's Great Questions


256 Pages, 5 x 7

Formats: EPUB, Trade Paper, Mobipocket

Trade Paper, $19.95 (US $19.95) (CA $21.95)

Publication Date: January 2013

ISBN 9781877551321

Rights: US, CA, CAM & SAM

Awa Press (Jan 2013)


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A provocative sequel to The Torchlight List, this book examines the answers that thinkers throughout the ages—from Plato in ancient Greece to contemporary psychologists and scientists—have proposed for life’s great questions: Do human beings have free will? Is a good society possible? Is patriotism ethical? and Can modern science penetrate the mind? Exploring the moral ideals, attitudes, and religious beliefs that affect everyday life, this account is an exhilarating introduction to philosophy and a manual for becoming a fully alive member of the human race. It is also a stunning exploration of the challenges that 21st-century science—from brain research to the discovery of dark matter in the universe—pose to long-held philosophic beliefs.


"Flynn is one of the most interesting and independent thinkers of his generation."  —Thomas W. Pogge, Columbia University, on Where Have All The Liberals Gone? 

"Anyone interested in discovering philosophy will find this engaging and easily readable, and enjoy the personal flavor and provocative charm of Flynn's discussions."  —Adriane Rini, Massey Univeristy

"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, Oxford University

"A compilation of life-changing must-reads."  —North & South on The Torchlight List 

Author Biography

Jim Flynn is a world-renowned expert on intelligence and IQ and the author of What is Intelligence? and Where Have All the Liberals Gone? He is a professor emeritus of politics at Otago University and a fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand.