Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Android

To get the free app, enter your email address or mobile phone number.

Naturalism and Our Knowledge of Reality: Testing Religious Truth-claims (Ashgate New Critical Thinking in Religion, Theology, and Biblical Studies) New edition Edition

5 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
ISBN-13: 978-1409434863
ISBN-10: 1409434869
Why is ISBN important?
ISBN
This bar-code number lets you verify that you're getting exactly the right version or edition of a book. The 13-digit and 10-digit formats both work.
Scan an ISBN with your phone
Use the Amazon App to scan ISBNs and compare prices.
Sell yours for a Gift Card
We'll buy it for $2.00
Learn More
Trade in now
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Buy used On clicking this link, a new layer will be open
$45.45 On clicking this link, a new layer will be open
Buy new On clicking this link, a new layer will be open
$149.95 On clicking this link, a new layer will be open
More Buying Choices
15 New from $125.50 6 Used from $41.67
Free Two-Day Shipping for College Students with Amazon Student Free%20Two-Day%20Shipping%20for%20College%20Students%20with%20Amazon%20Student


Top 20 lists in Books
Top 20 lists in Books
View the top 20 best sellers of all time, the most reviewed books of all time and some of our editors' favorite picks. Learn more

Editorial Reviews

Review

'Whether or not one agrees with all of the far-reaching conclusions of this interesting and enjoyable book, it cannot be denied that it raises deep and probing questions concerning the ability of any purely naturalistic system of ontology to account adequately for the intentionality of mental states and the very possibility of our knowledge of the natural world. All self-proclaimed naturalists, as well as their opponents, would do well to reflect on its arguments.' E. J. Lowe, Durham University, UK 'Scott Smith brings out the fact that knowledge of reality, including knowledge of knowledge, cannot be accounted for within an ontology that only admits entities from the physical world. This means that such an ontology - call it "Naturalism" - itself is not knowable. Yet it fights desperately to be the only authority on knowledge and to have the right to dictate social and governmental policy. Smith relentlessly and cogently argues that Naturalism does not have the conceptual resources to defend its position: that, indeed, it undercuts itself. The issues here are not only of abstract philosophical interest, but are also vitally related to the direction of human life. This book should be widely read for the light it casts on many current cultural quandaries.' Dallas Willard, University of Southern California, USA '... Smith's book ought to provoke a considerable re-assessment of the authority invested in naturalism throughout public life. I strongly recommend this powerful and incisive book.' Evangelical Philosophical Society '... Smith's Naturalism and Our Knowledge of Reality devastatingly critiques philosophical naturalism, given knowledge of reality. Philosophers need to familiarize themselves with this important work.' Themelios 'S.'s text is a provocative response to a prevailing contemporary philosophical position. Those interested in the merits and faults of philosophical naturalism will find much with which to engage.' Theologische Literaturzeitung 'Naturalism and Our Knowledge of Reality (nokr) is an important contribution to the critique of naturalism and a positive case for theism on epistemic and metaphysical grounds... a fine book that I recommend to readers with interests in epistemology, metaphysics, and philosophy of religion in general, and natural theology in particular.' Journal of Reformed Theology

About the Author

R.Scott Smith has written many articles and a monograph on Virtue Ethics. He specialises in ethics, phenomenology, philosophy of religion, and constructivism (especially in postmodernism, naturalism, and philosophical theology, including the emerging church as a practical extension). He teaches on these themes, including a graduate philosophy of religion class on naturalism, postmodernism, and constructivism.
NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE



Product Details

  • Series: Ashgate New Critical Thinking in Religion, Theology, and Biblical Studies
  • Hardcover: 254 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; New edition edition (January 28, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1409434869
  • ISBN-13: 978-1409434863
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.5 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,993,851 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

R. Scott Smith is Assistant Professor of Ethics and Christian Apologetics at Biola University in California. He is the author of Virtue Ethics and Moral Knowledge. Dr. Smith has lectured and presented numerous times on his specialty, postmodernism, and he is also the secretary-treasurer of the Evangelical Philosophical Society.

Customer Reviews

5 star
100%
4 star
0%
3 star
0%
2 star
0%
1 star
0%
See the customer review
Share your thoughts with other customers

Top Customer Reviews

Format: Hardcover
Scott Smith has written a welcomed and overdue analysis of the present condition of epistemological studies in the academia. He has fairly presented and critiqued the most respected options being advocated by scholars of epistemology today. While the whole book takes a fresh look at an old discipline - presenting arguments against mainline naturalism that will have to be addressed - his most interesting contribution to the debate is found in chapter 9 where he presents his own view. If he is right naturalism is in big trouble. He shows why the old assumptions and categories lose their explanatory power when straw man arguments against Direct Realism are defeated. But his most powerful and helpful contribution is in presenting a positive case for Direct Realism. By the end of his book the old options don't seem to lead to the best explanation any more. While immaculate perceptions are only in the mind of God, Dr Smith makes a powerful case for human beings discovering knowledge by direct acquaintance with reality. This would be an excellent text to use in philosophy, sociology of knowledge and religious epistemology courses. I plan to make use of it.
Comment 13 of 13 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Set up an Amazon Giveaway

Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more
Naturalism and Our Knowledge of Reality: Testing Religious Truth-claims (Ashgate New Critical Thinking in Religion, Theology, and Biblical Studies)
This item: Naturalism and Our Knowledge of Reality: Testing Religious Truth-claims (Ashgate New Critical Thinking in Religion, Theology, and Biblical Studies)
Price: $149.95
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com