The Philosopher’s Apprentice

How, then, should we live?

I started reading this book the night before. I took it to work yesterday. I returned home and burrowed into the couch, staying up all night, giving up another 'Movies and Mental Illness' event at the hospital to finish the last chapter.

Mason Ambrose, a philosophy graduate student withdraws his final dissertation on moral grounds. Fittingly, he is then hired as a morality teacher for the teenaged Londa, living on the Isla de Sangre, who has a blank slate for a conscience. Soon he discovers that he has not been told the truth about the accident that rendered Londa amnesiac, and it leads to series of startling discoveries.

Mason starts working on thought experiments with Londa, and they are surprisingly successful. Successful enough that after her molecular geneticist mother's death, Londa embarks on an idiosyncratic social justice project, driving her erstwhile concience into despair.

In the words of an Amazon reviewer, it is 'crazy but wildly entertaining mad hatter intellectual joyride of a book.' Highly recommended for students of biology, philosophy, genetics, biotechnology, and all those who love a good read.

NYT review

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9 Responses to The Philosopher’s Apprentice

  1. I want this!*runs to the trash to see if the Borders coupon is still there*

  2. Purplesque says:

    Ohh you must, RobbbieDobbbie, its so much Fun! I deleted a lot of my post so that it wouldn't be a spoiler. Some reviewers said that there was too much philosophy in it, but I didn't think so (maybe because I didn't know which part was philosophy..lol).

  3. Purplesque says:

    I really loved it, despite some lukewarm reviews..can't wait to read more from the author.

  4. how can you give up something as thrilling as 'Movies and Mental Illness'?

  5. Zotta says:

    Wow! Sounds great! Thanks for the tip. You rock as always. Take Care.

  6. Purplesque says:

    LOL..I'm a heathen. But the idea of watching Juno with my colleagues and the faculty versus staying home on the couch and finishing this book…there was no contest.

  7. Purplesque says:

    You're welcome..its so good to have you back. šŸ™‚

  8. Emjay says:

    I wondered about giving up the movies & madness too ….. I have put this in my Amazon trolley!

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