Turning Images in Philosophy, Science, and Religion: A New Book of Nature

Hardcover | October 20, 2011

EditorCharles Taliaferro, Jil Evans

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The debate between "new atheists" and religious apologists today is often hostile. Turning Images is a book that 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 andaesthetics. The eleven original 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 andof science, a distinguished art historian, and a visual artist. Martin Kemp begins the book by looking at D'Arcy Thompson's vision of the natural world, combining poetry and visual images to set the stage for thinking about nature along teleological or non-purposive lines. Geoffrey Gorham then offers an overview and analysis of the images of nature found inearly modern science and philosophy. Anthony O'Hear takes up the problem of accounting for the origin of mind or consciousness, highlighting some of the limitations of Darwinian evolutionary biology in terms of values.Dale Jacquette offers a thoroughgoing, naturalistic account of the emergence of intentionality and a unique argument about the emergence of art and the aesthetic appreciation of nature. E.J. Lowe advances some difficulties facing a naturalist approach to mental life. Douglas Hedley offers acognitive account of the imagination and also advances reasons why naturalism faces deep challenges. Daniel N. Robinson offers a sweeping account of nature and naturalism, historically engaging Aristotle, Kant, Hegel and others. Conor Cunningham provides a take-no-prisoners critique of contemporarynaturalism. Gordon Graham investigates the resources of naturalism in accounting for our sense of the sacred. Mark Wynn provides a subtle account of the imagination and perception, suggesting how these may play into the theism - naturalism debate. The book concludes with Jil Evans' reflections onthe Galapagos Islands, that key, almost mythic place that became instrumental in shaping Darwin's development of his theory of evolution.

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The debate between "new atheists" and religious apologists today is often hostile. Turning Images is a book that 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 andaesthetics. The eleven original essays will b...

Charles Taliaferro, professor of philosophy (St. Olaf College), is the author or co-author or editor of fifteen books, including The Companion to Philosophy of Religion (with Paul Draper and Philip Quinn), The Image in Mind (co-authored with Jil Evans), and Evidence and Faith; Philosophy and Religion since the Seventeenth Century. He s...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.75 inPublished:October 20, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Charles Taliaferro and Jil Evans: Introduction1. Martin Kemp: 'Loving Insight': D Arcy Thompson s Aristotle and the Soul in Nature2. Geoffrey Gorham: Early Scientific Images of God: Descartes, Hobbes, and Newton3. Anthony O Hear: Darwinian Tensions4. Dale Jacquette: Evolutionary Emergence of Intentionality and Imagination5. E. J. Lowe: Naturalism, Imagination, and the Scientific World View6. Douglas Hedley: Homo Imaginans and the Concursus Divinus7. Daniel N. Robinson: Aesthetics, Phantasia and the Theistic8. Connor Cunningham: Naturalism Lost: Nature Regained9. Gordon Graham: The Sacred Beauty of Nature10. Mark Wynn: Imaging Religious Thoughts in the Appearance of Sensory Things11. Jil Evans: Re-Imaging the Galapagos