Mind and Cosmos

Another book review that I want to share, as we close out the year 2015, is one by fellow blogger Travis R., who writes on the blog A Measure of Faith. Travis has written a good book review of philosopher Thomas Nagel’s Mind and Cosmos: Why the Materialist Neo-Darwinian Conception of Nature Is Almost Certainly False. This was another book that Christian apologist Don Johnson brought up during our radio debate a couple years ago. I checked out a copy of Nagel’s book from my university library last year, but haven’t had time to write a review. Nonetheless, Travis R. seems to have done that work for me, and so I have decided share his excellent review.

I am also planning to write more about teleology and abstract objects as part of my metaphysics series on the sister-blog to this site, Civitas Humana. On the other blog, I have already written a lengthy essay critiquing medieval philosopher Thomas Aquinas’ teleological argument for God. I also plan to write more about Aquinas during the next year.

So much to write! It will take me a very long time to get through all of the projects that I have planned for Κέλσος and Civitas Humana, but fortunately I have several years of my Ph.D. program, and beyond, to do so.

For these next couple months, however, I am going to be focusing on work towards my Ph.D. dissertation. I also will be attending the Society for Classical Studies and American Archaeological Association’s annual meeting next month, which is taking place in San Francisco from January 6-9. Nevertheless, I’ll give updates on what I’m up to, when I find the time and energy.

Till then,
Matthew Ferguson

A Measure of Faith

mind_and_cosmosThomas Nagel’s “Mind & Cosmos”, published in 2012, is almost certainly the book that has garnered the most attention over the last couple years in the God debate; and it has thus become required reading for those of us who are immersed in that milieu. My encounters with the book have primarily come through the off-handed endorsements of Christian apologists. It has become a weapon of choice for defense of the theistic worldview. Conversely, the naturalists were quick to call foul. Most famously, Steven Pinker called it “the shoddy reasoning of a once-great thinker.” Deeply critical negative reviews abounded and those who rushed to Nagel’s defense were quick to suggest that he was, in an ironic twist, being treated like a heretic by the clergy of the church of science. With all of this in mind, my goal was to approach this book via the middle road, as someone…

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2 Responses to Mind and Cosmos

  1. I have been over this topic with Vic Reppert for years, my conclusion is that the existence of logic and math do not constitute cardinal difficulties against naturalism. Philosophers who believe they constitute difficulties are confusing the word with the thing, the map with the territory, and the model with reality. They are treating consciousness and reason like inert entities, things in themselves, rather than processes. See http://edward-t-babinski.blogspot.com/2011/01/prior-prejudices-and-argument-from.html I also have plenty of posts on the fine-tuning argument.

  2. Travis R says:

    Well that explains the sudden increase in traffic. Thanks for the glowing review of my review.

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