Agents Under Fire
Materialism and the Rationality of Science
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Kustantaja: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2004
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In the first study of its kind, Agents Under Fire defends a robust notion of agency and intentionality against eliminative and naturalistic alternatives, showing the interconnections between the philosophy of mind, theology, and Intelligent Design. Menuge argues that Behe's irreducible complexity is a challenge to reductionism not only in biology, but also in psychology, and shows the inability of the Darwinian psychology proposed by Dawkins, Dennett, and Steven Pinker to explain the integration, unity, direction, and reliability of rational thought.
This fascinating defense against scientific materialism is the only book-length study relating Intelligent Design to contemporary issues in the philosophy of mind. Drawing on his experience as both a philosopher and a computer scientist, Menuge deftly shows the reader that the materialist's attempts to rid science of all commitment to teleology can only result in incoherence, and presents instead his own unique argument for the legitimacy of Intelligent Design.
With marvelous clarity and wit, Angus Menuge lays bare the philosophical incoherence of materialism. He clears the fog to show that the universe contains not only matter and energy; it contains agents.
This book moves sharply against the grain of the naturalism and materialism that dominate contemporary philosophy. It boldly portrays the world as laced with purpose — not just human purpose, but divine purpose too. All readers can attend to this adventurous portrayal with very good purpose.
Angus Menuge on filosofian professori (Concordia University Wisconsin) ja Evangelical Philosophical Societyn puheenjohtaja.