Against Naturalism

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info.gif Naturalism: "The philosophical theory that nature is all that exists. Naturalists typically deny the existence of God, angels and demons and are skeptical of the possibility of life after death."

Evans, C. (2002) Pocket Dictionary of Apologetics & Philosophy of Religion. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.

  • Naturalism : A Critical Analysis (Routledge Studies in Twentieth Century Philosophy)
  • World Without Design: The Ontological Consequences of Naturalism
  • Naturalism Defeated?: Essays on Plantinga's Evolutionary Argument Against Naturalism
  • Agents Under Fire, Materialism and the Rationality of Science
  • The Wedge of Truth: Splitting the Foundations of Naturalism
  • Analytic Philosophy Without Naturalism (Routledge Studies in Contemporary Philosophy)

    "In recent years numerous attempts have been made by analytic philosophers to naturalize various different domains of philosophical inquiry. All of these attempts have had the common goal of rendering these areas of philosophy amenable to empirical methods, with the intention of securing for them the supposedly objective status and broad intellectual appeal currently associated with such approaches. This volume brings together internationally recognised analytic philosophers, including Alvin Plantinga, Peter van Inwagen and Robert Audi, to question the project of naturalism. The articles investigate what it means to naturalize a domain of philosophical inquiry and look at how this applies to the various sub-disciplines of philosophy including epistemology, metaphysics and the philosophy of the mind. The issue of whether naturalism is desirable is raised and the contributors take seriously the possibility that excellent analytic philosophy can be undertaken without naturalization." -

  • Naturalism in Question
    Harvard University Press
  • Objections to Physicalism
    Oxford University Press, USA
  • The Applicability of Mathematics as a Philosophical Problem
    by Mark Steiner

    "This book analyzes the different ways mathematics is applicable in the physical sciences, and presents a startling thesis--the success of mathematical physics appears to assign the human mind a special place in the cosmos. Mark Steiner distinguishes among the semantic problems that arise from the use of mathematics in logical deduction; the metaphysical problems that arise from the alleged gap between mathematical objects and the physical world; the descriptive problems that arise from the use of mathematics to describe nature; and the epistemological problems that arise from the use of mathematics to discover those very descriptions. The epistemological problems lead to the thesis about the mind. It is frequently claimed that the universe is indifferent to human goals and values, and therefore, Locke and Peirce, for example, doubted science's ability to discover the laws governing the humanly unobservable. Steiner argues that, on the contrary, these laws were discovered, using manmade mathematical analogies, resulting in an anthropocentric picture of the universe as 'user friendly' to human cognition--a challenge to the entrenched dogma of naturalism." - Amazon book description