By Stewart Goetz
This inaugural Interventions quantity introduces readers to the dominant scientifically orientated worldview known as naturalism. Stewart Goetz and Charles Taliaferro learn naturalism philosophically, comparing its strengths and weaknesses. while so much different books on naturalism are written for pro philosophers on my own, this one is aimed basically at a college-educated viewers attracted to studying approximately this pervasive worldview.
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We think strict naturalism cannot successfully describe, accommodate, or undermine either the reality of purposeful explanation, or libertarian free choices, or experiences of pleasure and pain, or the existence of persons. In chapter 3 our assessment of strict naturalism takes shape in the context of assessing the naturalist critique of what ordinary people and philosophers like Plato and Descartes refer to as the soul. Virtually all forms of naturalism, but especially the strict variety, reject what is known as soul-body or mind-body dualism (dualism, for short), the view that persons are or include something nonphysical.
The dogmatism of naturalism has however been assailed. Over the last thirty years there have been serious challenges to the naturalistic framework in both its strict and broad formats and a dynamic revival of philosophical theism. Chapter 5 takes up the question whether the naturalistic rejection of theism - the central common bond between strict and broad naturalism - is vindicated. The attention we give to theism may lead some readers to think the book should be retitled Naturalism and Theism.
You won't have a theory of consciousness if you still have the first person in there, because that was what it was your job to explain. All the paraphernalia that doesn't make any sense unless you've got a first person in there, has to be turned into something else. You've got to figure out some way to break it up and distribute its powers and opportunities into the system in some other way" (Dennett in Blackmore 20o6, 87). In the same interview Dennett is asked how he addresses what seems to be the recurrent intuition or apparent experience that the self is the substantial subject of experiences.
Naturalism by Stewart Goetz