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The Resource Mind and cosmos : why the materialist neo-Darwinian conception of nature is almost certainly false, Thomas Nagel

Mind and cosmos : why the materialist neo-Darwinian conception of nature is almost certainly false, Thomas Nagel

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Mind and cosmos : why the materialist neo-Darwinian conception of nature is almost certainly false
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Mind and cosmos
Title remainder
why the materialist neo-Darwinian conception of nature is almost certainly false
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Thomas Nagel
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Why the materialist neo-Darwinian conception of nature is almost certainly false
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eng
Summary
The modern materialist approach to life has conspicuously failed to explain such central mind-related features of our world as consciousness, intentionality, meaning, and value. This failure to account for something so integral to nature as mind, argues philosopher Thomas Nagel, is a major problem, threatening to unravel the entire naturalistic world picture, 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, either. An adequate conception of nature would have to explain the appearance in the universe of materially irreducible conscious minds, as such. Nagel's skepticism is not based on religious belief or on a belief in any definite alternative. In Mind and Cosmos, he does suggest that if the materialist account is wrong, then principles of a different kind may also be at work in the history of nature, principles of the growth of order that are in their logical form teleological rather than mechanistic. In spite of the great achievements of the physical sciences, reductive materialism is a world view ripe for displacement. Nagel shows that to recognize its limits is the first step in looking for alternatives, or at least in being open to their possibility.--Publisher description
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DLC
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1937-
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Nagel, Thomas
Dewey number
113
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no index present
LC call number
BD511
LC item number
.N34 2012
Literary form
non fiction
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  • Cosmology
  • Cosmogony
  • Beginning
  • Creation
  • Science
  • Darwin, Charles
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Mind and cosmos : why the materialist neo-Darwinian conception of nature is almost certainly false, Thomas Nagel
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volume
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rdacarrier
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txt
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rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- Antireductionism and the natural order -- Consciousness -- Cognition -- Value -- Conclusion
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sky245713413
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22 cm.
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x, 130 pages
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9780199919758
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(alk. paper)
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2011051647
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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n
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ab 06/19
Label
Mind and cosmos : why the materialist neo-Darwinian conception of nature is almost certainly false, Thomas Nagel
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- Antireductionism and the natural order -- Consciousness -- Cognition -- Value -- Conclusion
Control code
sky245713413
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
x, 130 pages
Isbn
9780199919758
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2011051647
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Note
ab 06/19

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