Cosmos and Anthropos

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Harris elucidates the important philosophical implications of the Anthropic Principle. Tracing the continuous development of the principle from physics through biology and psychology, he examines the case for the thesis that intelligent life is necessarily involved from the very beginning of physical reality and that the entire process of natural evolution comes to consciousness of itself in the human mind.
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Overview

Harris elucidates the important philosophical implications of the Anthropic Principle. Tracing the continuous development of the principle from physics through biology and psychology, he examines the case for the thesis that intelligent life is necessarily involved from the very beginning of physical reality and that the entire process of natural evolution comes to consciousness of itself in the human mind.
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"An excellent work...the book is a model of erudition, great analytical clarity, and splendid stylistic elegance. Everyone interested in science, philosophy, religion, and theology will find this book truly rewarding."
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Explains the several versions of a principle recently put forth by some physicists and other scientists, that life, intelligence, and scientific research (presumably state-funded) rise inevitably from the fundamental nature of existence. Traces the idea's emergence, tests its philosophical validity, and explores its possible implications. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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  • ISBN-13: 9781573925983
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books
  • Publication date: 8/1/1993
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 1
  • Product dimensions: 5.75 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 0.65 (d)

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Errol E. Harris (Ambleside, Cumbria, England) is John Evans Professor of Moral and Intellectual Philosophy (Emeritus) at Northwestern University, and the author of Fundamentals of Philosophy, Spinoza's Philosophy: An Outline, The Substance of Spinoza, The Foundations of Metaphysics in Science, Hypothesis and Perception, Cosmos and Anthropos: A Philosophical Interpretation of the Anthropic Cosmological Principle, Cosmos and Theos: Ethical and Theological Implications of the Anthropic Cosmological Principle, and One World or None: Prescription for Survival.
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