- Perfect Paperback: 103 pages
- Publisher: Center for Naturalism; 1st edition (March 1, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0979111102
- ISBN-13: 978-0979111105
- Package Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.7 x 0.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 17 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,975,754 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Encountering Naturalism: A Worldview and Its Uses Perfect Paperback – March 15, 2007
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"This little book takes all those deep questions about life, meaning, purpose and death, and shows how you don't need religion to make sense of them - indeed how the naturalist way of thinking about the deepest issues is kinder and truer." --Dr. Susan Blackmore, author of The Meme Machine and Conversations on Consciousness
Don't misjudge the importance of Encountering Naturalism by its small size and inexpensive cost. It is packed with insights about naturalism and its implications for free will, for life's meaning and purpose, and for social and political issues. A must read for anyone wanting a fuller and deeper understanding of this important philosophical perspective. --Dr. William R. Murry, author of Reason and Reverence: Religious Humanism for the 21st Century
Encountering Naturalism is a wonderfully readable plunge deep into the implications of a thorough going naturalism. The naturalistic surface -- with its rejection of miracles and mysteries -- is well-mapped; but for anyone who wishes to explore the questions, perils, opportunities, and vistas far beneath that surface, there is no better or more engaging guide than Thomas W. Clark. --Bruce Waller, philosopher and author of The Natural Selection of Autonomy
About the Author
Thomas W. Clark is founder and director of the Center for Naturalism and creator of Naturalism.Org, among the most comprehensive online resources on scientific naturalism and its implications. He lectures and writes on science, naturalism, ethics, free will, criminal justice, consciousness, addiction, and related philosophical and social concerns.
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The implications that the nature of reality has on our every day life are illustrated in this book. Really you couldn't have done other than what you did, but you have every chance to shape your future via your will for a better self. Understanding the nature of reality is key to evolving our self to be its very best. Thank you Tom. You've blown my mind and provided a soft place to fall from faith.
100% if you haven't encountered Naturalism before, this book will change your life.
Although this book is not an argument for Philosophical Naturalism but rather a book on it's implications, the fe times he makes a small case for naturalism he comes close to a tautology. He says early in the book that naturalism is the conclusion of science, and that "science will lead you to conclude naturalism" but on page 64 he says "the scientific method of explanations rules out the supernatural" - So it can be summarized as:
1. Science rules out the supernatural
2. Science leads you to conclude naturalism
If (1) is true, then (2) becomes nothing more than true by definition.
My second issue is he claims to be a compatibilist, but talks like a determinist on the issue of freewill.
Third issue is he equates naturalism with materialism, which is false. Naturalism in its most fundamental sense is the view that all that exists is natural, not material. You can imagine a naturalist holding a certain kind of view of the ontology of 'laws of nature' as being immaterial but still existing as apart of nature.
He also says something of the effact 'all atheists are naturalist' - Again false because all one must be to be an atheist is have no god belief. You can think spirits and other supernatural kinds of being exist just not a personal creator god.
Near the end he goes on about how naturalism entails that you "should" do this and that, but Naturalism is a view on what is, not ought be the case. Even if he wants to defend the view that naturalism has some kind of inherent ethics, he does not give a sketch on how this would look.
In the end, not a good representation of naturalism. Full of technical errors and goofy stuff.