Sam Harris: http://www.samharris.org
“Buddhist doctrines about meditation, compassion, and well-being have begun to greatly enrich the scientific study of the human mind–but we have long needed a careful analysis of the philosophical merits of these ideas. In The Bodhisattva’s Brain, Flanagan has delivered it in fine style. This is an unusually wise and useful book.”
— Sam Harris, author of the New York Times best sellers, The Moral Landscape, Letter to a Christian Nation, and The End of Faith
“What has Buddhism to teach us about human flourishing? What has neuroscience to teach us both about human flourishing and about the claims of Buddhism? Owen Flanagan’s adventurous and intriguing pursuit of answers to these questions is matched by the impressive ingenuity of his attempts to accommodate those answers to the commitments of scientific naturalism.”
— Alasdair MacIntyre, author of After Virtue and Whose Justice? Which Rationality?
“In this masterpiece of insight and clarity, Flanagan takes us on a profound but still personal journey, as he contrasts philosophies of life held by Westerners and those held by Buddhists. Ever true to the path that logic carves, shrewdly sensitive to the human search for happiness, and with a unique accumulation of knowledge, Flanagan has given us something very new: comparative neurophilosophy.”
— Patricia S. Churchland, Professor of Philosophy, University of California, San Diego