Has modern science made philosophy obsolete? Do we have free will? Why should we be moral? What is the relation between faith and reason?
Ric Machuga adopts a holistic approach to these perennial questions – no philosophical idea, no matter how small, can live alone. Ideas always gain their force, power, and life from their surroundings – their 'ecosystem'. The ecosystem of ideas defended in this book comes from the ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle and his medieval interpreter, Thomas Aquinas. The ongoing relevance of their philosophical thought to twenty-first century issues is opened up in this fascinating study.
Life, the Universe, and Everything is the product of thirty years of teaching introductory courses in philosophy. Assuming no prior background, it only requires of readers an enquiring mind and a willingness to think carefully. It is an ideal guide to the big questions that we all face.