The Taboo of Subjectivity: Toward a New Science of Consciousness

Paperback | March 19, 2004

byB. Alan Wallace

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This book takes a bold new look at ways of exploring the nature, origins, and potentials of consciousness within the context of science and religion. Alan Wallace draws careful distinctions between four elements of the scientific tradition: science itself, scientific realism, scientificmaterialism, and scientism. Arguing that the metaphysical doctrine of scientific materialism has taken on the role of ersatz-religion for its adherents, he traces its development from its Greek and Judeo-Christian origins, focusing on the interrelation between the Protestant Reformation and theScientific Revolution. He looks at scientists' long term resistance to the firsthand study of consciousness and details the ways in which subjectivity has been deemed taboo within the scientific community. In conclusion, Wallace draws on William James's idea for a "science of religion" that wouldstudy the nature of religious and, in particular, contemplative experience. In exploring the nature of consciousness, this groundbreaking study will help to bridge the chasm between religious belief and scientific knowledge. It is essential reading for philosophers and historians of science, scholars of religion, and anyone interested in the relationship between science andreligion.

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This book takes a bold new look at ways of exploring the nature, origins, and potentials of consciousness within the context of science and religion. Alan Wallace draws careful distinctions between four elements of the scientific tradition: science itself, scientific realism, scientificmaterialism, and scientism. Arguing that the metap...

B. Alan Wallace is President of the Santa Barbara Institute for the Interdisciplinary Study of Consciousness

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:323 pages, 6.1 × 9.21 × 0.91 inPublished:March 19, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195173104

ISBN - 13:9780195173109

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"This is a landmark book in consciousness studies in the grand tradition of William James. Indeed it is the kind of book that James would have written had he been updating his writings 100 years on." Network