Special Feature (2/18/2002): Philosophy of Mind

When confronted with Christianity, naturalists claim that their position is the more rational of the two. But what if naturalism itself undermines rationality, making commonsense phenomena such as consciousness or logical inference unlikely or impossible? This special feature will explore these important issues.
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The Argument from Reason:
An exclusive interview with Dr. Victor Reppert

"THE ARGUMENT FROM REASON DOES TWO THINGS. First of all, it challenges the primary paradigm that has stood in the philosophy of mind for many years, and that is the physicalist paradigm. If the Argument from Reason is correct, any attempt to provide a complete account of cognition in physicalist terms is bound to fail, because in the last analysis it will show that reasoning is really something other than reasoning, and is not caused in the way that reasoning must be caused if it is worthy of the name." Read more

Victor Reppert's C. S. Lewis's Dangerous Idea
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Other Recommended books on Philosophy of Mind/Soul (Christian authors)

  • Miracles, C. S. Lewis
  • Body & Soul: Human Nature & the Crisis in Ethics, J. P. Moreland and Scott B. Rae
  • The Emergent Self, William Hasker
  • Scaling the Secular City, J. P. Moreland
  • Warrant and Proper Function, Alvin Plantinga
  • The Evolution of the Soul, Richard Swinburne
  • Other Resources Online

  • Read the article Dr. Reppert submitted to The Secular Web: The Argument from Reason (1998)
  • Douglas Groothuis' Minds, Bodies, and Persons
  • Alvin Plantinga, that eminent philosopher from Notre Dame, has leveled a number of arguments against naturalism's compatibility with mind: An Evolutionary Argument Against Naturalism . Don't miss the sequel: Naturalism Defeated. Finally, consider reading Theism, Atheism, and Rationality.
  • Theologian and ethicist Gilbert Meilaender reviews a book by naturalist philosopher Thomas Nagel: The (Very) Last Word
  • From The New York Review of Books, Nagel on the thinking of naturalist philosopher John Searle: The Mind Wins
  • Natural law scholar Robert P. George argues against a naturalist foundation for reason in his A Clash of Orthodoxies.
  • Finally, check out William Alston's What Is Naturalism, that We Should Be Mindful of It?.

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