Graduate studies at Western
OUP Oxford (2011)
|Abstract||Turning Images in Philosophy, Science, and Religion: A New Book of Nature brings together new essays addressing the role of images and imagination recruited in the perennial debates surrounding nature, mind, and God. The debate between "new atheists" and religious apologists today is often hostile. This book sets a new tone by locating the debate between theism and naturalism (most "new atheists" are self-described "naturalists") in the broader context of reflection on imagination and aesthetics. The eleven essays will be of interest to anyone who is fascinated by the power of imagination and the role of aesthetics in deciding between worldviews or philosophies of nature. Representing a variety of points of view, authors include outstanding philosophers of religion and of science, a distinguished art historian, and a visual artist. The book begins with Martin Kemp's essay on the work of the biologist, mathematician and classical scholar D'Arcy Wentworth Thompson in which Kemp develops the idea of "structural intuitions and a critique of reductive thinking about the natural world. This is followed by Geoffrey Gorham's overview and analysis of images of nature and God found in early modern science and philosophy. Anthony O'Hear questions a reductive, naturalist account of the origin of mind and values. Dale Jacquette offers a thoroughgoing naturalistic philosophy of the emergence of intentionality and a unique argument about the emergence of art and the aesthetic appreciation of nature. E.J. Lowe brings to light some challenges facing naturalistic approaches to human imaginative sensibility. Douglas Hedley articulates and defends a cognitive account of imagination, highlighting some of the difficulties confronting naturalism. Daniel N. Robinson offers a sweeping treatment of nature and naturalism, historically engaging Aristotle, Kant, Hegel and others. Conor Cunningham provides an aggressive critique of contemporary naturalism. Gordon Graham investigates the resources of naturalism in accounting for our sense of the sacred. Mark Wynn provides a subtle understanding of imagination and perception, suggesting how these may play into the theism - naturalism debate. The book concludes with Jil Evans' reflections on how images of the Galapagos Islands have been employed philosophically to picture either a naturalist or theistic image of nature.|
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
|Buy the book||$34.00 new (44% off) $37.95 used (37% off) $54.00 direct from Amazon (10% off) Amazon page|
|Through your library||Configure|
Similar books and articles
Paul Draper (2008). God or Blind Nature? Philosophers Debate the Evidence. Internet Infidels (Online Publisher).
James A. Marcum (2009). Human Origins and Human Nature. Faith and Philosophy 26 (5):566-570.
Martin O. Yalcin (2011). American Naturalism on Pantheism 1. American Journal of Theology and Philosophy 32 (2):156 - 179.
Andrew McLaughlin (1985). Images and Ethics of Nature. Environmental Ethics 7 (4):293-319.
Derek Matravers (2003). Fictional Assent and the (so-Called) `Puzzle of Imaginative Resistance'. In Matthew Kieran & Dominic McIver Lopes (eds.), Imagination, Philosophy, and the Arts. Routledge.
J. Wesley Robbins (1997). Broken-Backed Naturalism. Zygon 32 (4):585-592.
David Macarthur & Mario De Caro (2004). Introduction - the Nature of Naturalism. In Naturalism in Question. Harvard University Press.
Matthew Kieran (ed.) (2006). Contemporary Debates in Aesthetics and the Philosophy of Art. Blackwell Pub..
Bruce Gordon & William A. Dembski (eds.) (2010). The Nature of Nature: Examining the Role of Naturalism in Science. Isi Books.
Robin Collins (2008). The Case for Cosmic Design. In God or Blind Nature?: Philosopher’s Debate the Evidence (2007-2008). Internet Infidels (Online Publisher).
Thomas Alexander (2010). The Being of Nature: Dewey, Buchler, and the Prospect for an Eco-Ontology. Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 46 (4):544-569.
Piotr Bylica & Dariusz Sagan (2008). God, Design, and Naturalism: Implications of Methodological Naturalism in Science for Science–Religion Relation. Pensamiento 64:621-38.
I. LoTufo (2003). Images of the Natural (and Social) Universe in Retif de la Bretonne's la Decouverte Australe. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C 34 (1):1-50.
Added to index2012-04-15
Total downloads2 ( #246,545 of 739,350 )
Recent downloads (6 months)1 ( #61,538 of 739,350 )
How can I increase my downloads?