University of Szczecin
If you asked creationists whether or not they accepted physicalism in the philosophy of mind, I think the answer would be a resounding "no." But what would happen if you asked philosophers who believe in qualia whether or not they accept evolutionary theory as a legitimate account of humanity? Can we make any predictions here?
If you reject physicalism in the philosophy of mind, as supporters of qualia do, you should suppose that no scientific approach could account for human
experience, and that humanity itself cannot be the product of purely
physical causes. Shouldn't you then suppose that evolutionary biology cannot account for human experience? That would mean you should be sympathetic to some
form of creationism, wouldn't it?
So why should we be surprised that Thomas Nagel, notorious for his subjectivism in the philosophy of mind, has come out in favor of creationism
(Or should we only be surprised by the ignorance Nagel has displayed in the way he has supported this particular book ... (read more
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Jim Stone, 2009-12-05 : "Public Education and Intelligent Design," in Philosophy&Public Affairs, Vol. People wishing to read Thomas Na... (read more)
- Jason Streitfeld, 2009-12-06 : Thanks for the thoughtful comments, Thankfully for those like me who lack access to suitable libraries or online journal... (read more)
- Jim Stone, 2009-12-07 : ‘So why should we be surprised that Thomas Nagel, notorious for his subjectivism in the philosophy of mind, has come out... (read more)
- Jason Streitfeld, 2009-12-08 : "You give no argument from this claim, which is false, in fact. Nagel is an atheist who rejects creationism... (read more)
- Jim Stone, 2009-12-08 : Bye bye.