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Mind and Cosmos: Why the Materialist Neo-Darwinian Conception of Nature is Almost Certainly False

Thomas Nagel

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199919758
eISBN:
9780199980369
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199919758.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, General, Philosophy of Science

This book argues that the widely accepted world view of materialist naturalism is untenable. The mind-body problem cannot be confined to the relation between animal minds and animal bodies. If ... More


 A Good Devil's Chaplain: Richard Dawkins

Richard Dawkins

in Oracles of Science: Celebrity Scientists versus God and Religion

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2007
ISBN:
9780195310726
eISBN:
9780199785179
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195310726.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

Richard Dawkins is a public intellectual and the best-selling author of The Selfish Gene, The Blind Watchmaker, The Ancestor’s Tale, The God Delusion, and many other books. Dawkins, known as an ... More


 What Is a Phenomenal Concept?

Janet Levin

in Phenomenal Concepts and Phenomenal Knowledge: New Essays on Consciousness and Physicalism

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2007
ISBN:
9780195171655
eISBN:
9780199871339
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195171655.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

This chapter presents a version of the phenomenal concept strategy based on a limited defense of the “demonstrative account” of phenomenal concepts. In this account, phenomenal concepts pick out ... More


Bernard Bosanquet

T.L.S. Sprigge

in The God of Metaphysics

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
May 2006
ISBN:
9780199283040
eISBN:
9780191603662
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199283044.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion

This chapter begins with a description of the life and early works of Bernard Bosanquet which show some remarkable insights into the future of Christianity. It then turns to his later work, ... More


‘Semi-Feudal, Semi-Colonial’

Rabindra Ray

in The Naxalites and their Ideology

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780198077381
eISBN:
9780199081011
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198077381.003.0006
Subject:
Sociology, Race and Ethnicity

The central concept of the Naxalite metaphysic was the characterization of the Indian economy as ‘semi-feudal, semi-colonial’. The characterization is not so much the description of a state of ... More


Bodies Fleshly and Spiritual

John Casey

in After Lives: A Guide to Heaven, Hell, and Purgatory

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780195092950
eISBN:
9780199869732
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195092950.003.0012
Subject:
Religion, World Religions

Two opposing accounts of heaven and the risen body are discussed—the materialist account of Irenaeus, and the elaborate theory of the spiritual risen body and its properties of Augustine. In ... More


Looking for Boundaries

Larry A. Witham

in Where Darwin Meets the Bible: Creationists and Evolutionists in America

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195150452
eISBN:
9780199834860
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195150457.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

The evolution–creation debate has produced various stances. This chapter uses “boundary theory” to survey them from strict evolutionism on one pole to literal Bible creationism on the other pole. ... More


Conclusions

Natania Meeker

in Voluptuous Philosophy: Literary Materialism in the French Enlightenment

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780823226962
eISBN:
9780823240944
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823226962.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

In De rerum natura, Lucretius does not appear to derive his position on matter from the idea that there must exist a fundamental and unbridgeable gap between material substance and the means used to ... More


Overview

Peter Forrest

in Developmental Theism: From Pure Will to Unbounded Love

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780199214587
eISBN:
9780191706523
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199214587.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, Aesthetics, Philosophy of Religion

This chapter describes the development of a neoclassical Primordial God to one that is more in tune with various religious traditions, notably Christianity. In this way, developmental theism has the ... More


Reading, Writing, and Romanticism: The Anxiety of Reception

Lucy Newlyn

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198187110
eISBN:
9780191674631
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198187110.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism

This book bridges a perceived gulf between materialist and idealist approaches to the reader. Informed by an historical awareness of Romantic hermeneutics and its later developments (as well as by an ... More


Descartes’s Physiology

Emily R. Grosholz

in Cartesian Method and the Problem of Reduction

Published in print:
1991
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198242505
eISBN:
9780191680502
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198242505.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy, Logic/Philosophy of Mathematics

This chapter treats Descartes's physiology based on the Treatise of Man, claiming that his physiology must be read as a materialist epistemology. ... More


The Changing of the Guard

John Lee

in Shakespeare’s Hamlet and the Controversies of Self

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198185048
eISBN:
9780191674433
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198185048.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Shakespeare Studies

New Historicists argue that by changing the notion of man, the notion of what the critical kingdom should be is changed. Cultural Materialists go much further: pointing to the circular relationship ... More


Byron's Ghosts: The Spectral, the Spiritual and the Supernatural

Gavin Hopps (ed.)

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9781846319709
eISBN:
9781781380925
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781846319709.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism

Byron is rarely thought of as a spiritual writer. However, as this book shows, this is the result of an impoverished notion of the ‘spiritual’ and a reflection of biased priorities in Romantic ... More


Mental Reality

Galen Strawson

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262513104
eISBN:
9780262259224
Item type:
book
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262513104.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

This book argues that much contemporary philosophy of mind gives undue primacy of place to publicly observable phenomena, nonmental phenomena, and behavioral phenomena (understood as publicly ... More


Jane Austen, Virginia Woolf and Worldly Realism

Pam Morris

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9781474419130
eISBN:
9781474419154
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474419130.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Women's Literature

The book presents Austen and Woolf as materialists - a wholly new critical and political perspective. In conscious opposition to the growing dominance of idealist ideology in their own times, they ... More


Burning Money: The Material Spirit of the Chinese Lifeworld

C. Fred Blake

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824835323
eISBN:
9780824870379
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824835323.001.0001
Subject:
Anthropology, Asian Cultural Anthropology

For a thousand years across the length and breadth of China and beyond, people have burned paper replicas of valuable things—most often money—for the spirits of deceased family members, ancestors, ... More


Walter Benjamin's Grave

Michael Taussig

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226790039
eISBN:
9780226790008
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226790008.001.0001
Subject:
Anthropology, Social and Cultural Anthropology

In September 1940, Walter Benjamin committed suicide in Port Bou on the Spanish–French border when it appeared that he and his traveling partners would be denied passage into Spain in their attempt ... More


Antireductionism and the Natural Order

Thomas Nagel

in Mind and Cosmos: Why the Materialist Neo-Darwinian Conception of Nature is Almost Certainly False

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199919758
eISBN:
9780199980369
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199919758.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, General, Philosophy of Science

This chapter explores the conflict between antireductionism and scientific naturalism, which is considered as a staple of recent philosophy. It introduces the terms “materialism” and “materialist ... More


Methodology—Mental Incapacity in the Present and the Past

R. A. HOUSTON

in Madness and Society in Eighteenth-Century Scotland

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198207870
eISBN:
9780191677830
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198207870.003.0002
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This chapter focuses on the historical approach adopted for the discussion of insanity within the range of possible methodologies. These methodologies ... More


Plutarch against Colotes on Democritus’ νόμω‐Thesis

Eleni Kechagia

in Plutarch Against Colotes: A Lesson in History of Philosophy

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199597239
eISBN:
9780191731495
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199597239.003.0007
Subject:
Classical Studies, Ancient Greek, Roman, and Early Christian Philosophy

This chapter examines in detail Plutarch's arguments in response to Colotes' criticism of the well-known Democritean thesis that everything other than atoms and the void is what it is ‘by ... More


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