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Naturalism: A Critical Analysis (Routledge Studies in Twentieth Century Philosophy)
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The preface would have been better if it had defined such terms for the uninitiated, but reading the text with a dictionary will solve most of these problems. I personally felt that Chapter 2 was writtem in much more of an introductory style than Chapter 1 and should have preceded it for that reason. For these reasons alone, the book gets four stars instead of five. The book itself it excellent.
The book contains 10 chapters, each written by a different author, as follows:
1 - Farewell to philosophical naturalism - Paul Moser & Dave Yandell
2 - Knowledge and Naturalism - Dallas Willard
3 - The incompatibility of naturalism and scientific realism - Robert Koons
4 - Naturalism and the ontological status of properties - J.P. Moreland
5 - Naturalism and material objects - Michael Rea
6 - Naturalism and the mind - Charles Taliaferro
7 - Naturalism and libertarian agency - Stewart Goetz
8 - Naturalism and morality - John Hare
9 - Naturalism and cosmology - William Lane Craig
10- Naturalism and design - William Dembski
In subjecting naturalism -- the rejection of all things supernatural -- to a critical analysis, the authors expose in convincing fashion the complex incompleteness of our current naturalistic thought processes. William Lane Craig's chapter on Naturalism and Cosmology is particularly excellent in this regard and should not be missed by any serious student of physics.Read more ›
"The argument is finished. The debate is over. We've come to a conclusion. Naturalism has won. If you go to any university physics department, listen to the talks they give or the papers they write--go to any biology department, go to any neuroscience department, any philosophy department, people whose professional job it is to explain the world, to come up with explanatory frameworks that match what we see--no one mentions God. There's never an appeal to a supernatural realm by people whose job it is to explain what happens in the world. Everyone knows that the naturalist explanations are the ones that work."
Naturalism: A Critical Analysis edited by William Lane Craig and J.P. Moreland is essentially a direct challenge to Carroll's claim. The book is a collection of essays by academic philosophers in university departments that do not "know that naturalist explanations are the ones that work." They instead level a host of ontological, epistemological, ethical, and theological arguments against the veracity of naturalist explanations. In this review I will attempt to explain what some of those arguments are.
Naturalism is a bit of a slippery thesis so there is no one official version of it; nevertheless, I think Paul K. Moser and David Yandell capture the two major pillars of naturalism in the first essay of the book entitled "Farewell to Philosophical Naturalism.Read more ›
In the preface, the editors William Lane Craig and J.P. Moreland define naturalism as including the following beliefs: the spatiotemporal universe of scientific study is all there is, first philosophy is to be rejected, and the universe is a causal continuum that is explained by the atomic theory of matter and evolutionary biology.Read more ›
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This impressive volume contains critical essays on naturalism from the perspectives of theology, ethics, cosmology, ontology, and epistemology. Read morePublished on June 21, 2006 by Discovery Reviewer