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

ISBN : 9780199919758

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Author: 
Thomas Nagel
Pages
144 Pages
Format
Hardcover
Size
145 x 211 mm
Pub date
Nov 2012
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In Mind and Cosmos Thomas Nagel 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 materialism cannot accommodate consciousness and other mind-related aspects of reality, then we must abandon a purely materialist understanding of nature in general, extending to biology, evolutionary theory, and cosmology. Since minds are features of biological systems that have developed through evolution, the standard materialist version of evolutionary biology is fundamentally incomplete. And the cosmological history that led to the origin of life and the coming into existence of the conditions for evolution cannot be a merely materialist history. An adequate conception of nature would have to explain the appearance in the universe of materially irreducible conscious minds, as such. No such explanation is available, and the physical sciences, including molecular biology, cannot be expected to provide one. The book explores these problems through a general treatment of the obstacles to reductionism, with more specific application to the phenomena of consciousness, cognition, and value. The conclusion is that physics cannot be the theory of everything.

Index: 

I. Introduction
II. Antireductionism and the Natural Order
III. Consciousness
IV. Cognition
V. Value
VI. Conclusion

About the author: 

Thomas Nagel is University Professor of Law and Philosophy at New York University.

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