Naturalism  -     By: Stewart Goetz, Charles Taliaferro
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Naturalism

Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. / 2008 / Paperback

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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 audience interested in learning about this pervasive worldview.

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Format: Paperback
Vendor: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.
Publication Date: 2008
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 0802807682
ISBN-13: 9780802807687
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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 audience interested in learning about this pervasive worldview.

Endorsements

“This compact study makes a significant contribution to the question of whether, in an age of science, reasonable people need to resign themselves to a naturalistic understanding of the world. Is the intellectually respected assumption that ‘nature is all there is’ intellectually coherent? In this ‘intervention’ Goetz and Taliaferro provide a readable, critical response to this important question.” -John F. Haught, Georgetown University

“Demonstrates with succinctness, brilliance, and precision that modern Anglo-Saxon naturalists are not rationalists but . . . are, in fact, the enemies of reason, which can only have any reality if the physical world has a spiritual, rational source.” -John Milbank, University of Nottingham

“More than a few people seem to regard it as a mark of sophistication to hold that nothing exists that transcends the natural order. But, as Stewart Goetz and Charles Taliaferro show in their splendid new book, ‘naturalism’ is anything but a sophisticated view of reality. Under rigorous philosophical scrutiny, it isn’t even a plausible one. . . . Patiently, gently, but in the end decisively, Goetz and Taliaferro demolish the dogmas of naturalism.” -Robert P. George, Princeton University

“The clearest and most penetrating exposition and critique of naturalism anywhere. In accessible, nontechnical language and brevity of style, the authors have managed to identify important versions of naturalism and expose the Achilles’ heel of each. In a day when theologians and Christian leaders feel bullied by scientific naturalism, this book is a must-read.” -J. P. Moreland; Talbot School of Theology, Biola University

“Taliaferro and Goetz have written a brilliant book! These veteran philosophers represent naturalism fairly, both allowing its spokespersons to speak for themselves and accurately interpreting their views. Yet the authors’ criticisms of naturalism and their defense of theism are trenchant and insightful. Superbly done!” -Paul Copan, Palm Beach Atlantic University

Editor Bio

Stewart Goetz is professor of philosophy at Ursinus College, Collegeville, Pennsylvania. He has authored numerous scholarly articles for such publications as Faith and Philosophy, American Philosophical Quarterly, and Mind.

Charles Taliaferro is professor of philosophy at St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minnesota. He is the author or editor of eight books, including Evidence and Faith: Philosophy and Religion since the Seventeenth Century.

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Arising from the Centre of Theology and Philosophy at the University of Nottingham, "Interventions" is a genuinely interdisciplinary series of mediations of crucial concepts and key figures in contemporary thought.

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