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This inaugural Interventions volume introduces readers to the dominant scientifically oriented worldview called naturalism. Stewart Goetz and Charles Taliaferro examine naturalism philosophically, evaluating its strengths and weaknesses. Whereas most other books on naturalism are written for professional philosophers alone, this one is aimed primarily at a college-educated ...more
Paperback, 140 pages
Published April 29th 2008 by Eerdmans
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Daniel
Dec 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
This short book emphasizes the nature of irreducible normativity and teleology of human action, consciousness, and mental causation. At just over 100 pages, this book does not offer in decisive blows, but puts its finger on problems for strict naturalists.
Paul
Time is short, short review - Essentially, here's what it all boils down to: There are ultimate and irreducible normative, purposive, and teleological explanations of some events, happenings, actions, etc. Naturalism claims that, at bottom, there are no such irreducible or ultimate explanations; thus, naturalism is problematic, if not outright false.

The authors argue for there position by invoking the concepts of choices, willings, indeterministic free will, beliefs, ethics, and mental causation
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Christina “6 word reviewer” Lake
Dualism: more indispensable than I considered.
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Feb 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Points out some of the aspects which make Naturalism problematic. It boils down to physics being unable to extinguish thoughts on teleological decision making and therefore the 'soul'

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