Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “De La Mettrie's Ghost: The Story of Decisions” as Want to Read:
De La Mettrie's Ghost: The Story of Decisions
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

De La Mettrie's Ghost: The Story of Decisions

3.75  ·  Rating Details  ·  12 Ratings  ·  3 Reviews
This book is about how we make choices. It is a compelling analysis of the nature of free will, drawing together evidence from chemistry, literature, politics, history and beyond.
Psychiatrist Chris Nunn elegantly explores the revolutions in medicine, genetics, bioethics and neuroscience spurred by Julien de la Mettrie's 300-year-old tract Man the Machine. Nunn concludes t
...more
Hardcover, 248 pages
Published October 7th 2005 by Palgrave Macmillan (first published January 1st 2005)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about De La Mettrie's Ghost, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about De La Mettrie's Ghost

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 36)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Anne Mayer
Jun 30, 2010 Anne Mayer rated it liked it
Investigating the question of free will, Chris Nunn surveys disciplines of philosophy, psychiatry, religion, genetics, and neuroscience to understand how humans choose. Taking his title from French philosopher Julien del la Mettrie, the French doctor who wrote the book “Man a Machine, Nunn is interested in how and whether we choose to do what we do; or whether we are no different from machines that are designed without freedom to choose what tasks they perform.

Although presented as easily acces
...more
Elizabeth
Jun 13, 2010 Elizabeth rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2010, non-fiction
A very interesting study of the nature of free will. I enjoyed the journey through different modes of thought on the subject as well as the scientific and biological aspects of the subject. Chris Nunn's writing is generally accessible and he builds an interesting case. Very thought-provoking.
Frank Spencer
Aug 18, 2012 Frank Spencer rated it really liked it
his story idea helps with understanding; we're still a long ways from understanding consciousness and free will
Vasha7
Vasha7 added it
May 24, 2016
Preston Carter
Preston Carter marked it as to-read
May 17, 2016
Lady Nefertankh
Lady Nefertankh marked it as to-read
Apr 18, 2016
Justin Swanstrom
Justin Swanstrom rated it really liked it
Sep 27, 2015
Joanne
Joanne added it
Sep 21, 2015
Albert
Albert rated it really liked it
Aug 13, 2015
Rogier Cenin
Rogier Cenin marked it as to-read
Jun 28, 2015
Xavier
Xavier marked it as to-read
Apr 16, 2015
Tijs
Tijs rated it really liked it
Oct 07, 2014
Juan Gutierrez
Juan Gutierrez rated it liked it
Sep 17, 2014
Will
Will marked it as to-read
May 12, 2014
Claudia
Claudia marked it as to-read
Jul 12, 2016
Paul White
Paul White rated it it was ok
Jan 01, 2014
Laurel Narizny
Laurel Narizny marked it as to-read
Sep 07, 2013
Trinley
Trinley rated it really liked it
Jan 23, 2013
Paula
Paula marked it as to-read
Oct 11, 2012
Michał Jutkiewicz
Michał Jutkiewicz marked it as to-read
Sep 15, 2012
Louis
Louis rated it really liked it
Aug 21, 2012
Amelia
Amelia marked it as to-read
Aug 02, 2012
Chuck O'Connor
Chuck O'Connor marked it as to-read
Oct 19, 2011
Jake
Jake marked it as to-read
May 03, 2011
Tobi
Tobi marked it as to-read
May 28, 2010
« previous 1 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Share This Book