Agents Under Fire: Materialism and the Rationality of Science

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Rowman & Littlefield, 2004 - Religion - 233 pages
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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.
 

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Contents

Skyhooks and Cranes The Challenge of Reductionism
1
Strong Agent Reductionism Materialism and the Rationality of Science
27
Weak Agent Reductionism Science and the Rationality of Materialism
63
Bait and Switch Indirectness and Biological Unity
95
The Alchemy of the Mind Indirectness and Psychological Unity
127
Beyond Skinnerian Creatures A Defense of the LewisPlantinga Argument against Evolutionary Naturalism
149
Intentionality Information and Displacement The Legitimacy of Design
173
Science and Christianity Dogmatism and Dialogue
193
Index
221
About the Author
233
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Angus Menuge is associate professor of philosophy and associate director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia University Wisconsin. He holds a B.A. in philosophy from the University of Warwick, an M.A. and a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a DCA in Christian Apologetics from the International Academy of Apologetics, Evangelism, and Human Rights. Dr. Menuge is editor of three books, C. S. Lewis: Lightbearer in the Shadowlands (Crossway Books, 1997), Christ and Culture in Dialogue (Concordia Publishing House, 1999) and Reading God's World: The Vocation of Scientist (Concordia Publishing House, forthcoming).

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