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

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'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.
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Product Details

  • Series: Routledge 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: 6.1 x 0.6 x 9.2 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: #3,259,215 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Randy W. Rodden on June 11, 2012
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.
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