Naturalism and Agnosticism 2 Volume Paperback Set: The Gifford Lectures Delivered Before the University of Aberdeen in the Years 1896?1898

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James Ward (1843?1925) was Professor of Mental Philosophy and Logic at the University of Cambridge. First published in 1899, this two-volume work consists of his Gifford Lectures, delivered between 1896 and 1898, in which he criticises Naturalism (the belief that all phenomena are governed by the laws of science, and that the supernatural cannot exist), and Agnosticism (the belief that the existence of spiritual phenomena cannot be proved or disproved), in favour of Idealism, in which spiritual and non-material ...

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James Ward (1843–1925) was Professor of Mental Philosophy and Logic at the University of Cambridge. First published in 1899, this two-volume work consists of his Gifford Lectures, delivered between 1896 and 1898, in which he criticises Naturalism (the belief that all phenomena are governed by the laws of science, and that the supernatural cannot exist), and Agnosticism (the belief that the existence of spiritual phenomena cannot be proved or disproved), in favour of Idealism, in which spiritual and non-material phenomena are central to human experience. Volume 1 sets Naturalism and Agnosticism within the context of the Mechanical Theory, arguing against its claim that experience can be fully described in terms of mechanical concepts such as motion, energy and force. Volume 2 argues for a monistic Idealist view, in which consciousness and the physical world are inseparable. Ward's work continues to evoke debate among philosophers.

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Volume 1: Preface; 1. Introduction; Part I. The Mechanical Theory: 2. Abstract dynamics; 3. Relation of abstract dynamics to actual phenomena; 4. Molecular mechanics: its indirectness; 5. Molecular mechanics: ideals of matter; 6. The theory of energy; Part II. Theory of Evolution: 7. Mechanical evolution; 8. Mr. Spencer's interpretation of evolution; 9. Reflexions on Mr. Spencer's theory: his treatment of life and mind; 10. Biological evolution. Volume 2: Part III. Theory of Psychophysical Parallelism: 11. Various forms of the theory; 12. The conscious automaton theory; 13. Summary and reflexions; Part IV. Refutation of Dualism: 14. General conception of experience; 15. Experience as life; 16. Rise of dualism; 17. Unity of individual and universal experience; Part V. Spiritualistic Monism: 18. Capitulation of agnostic monism; 19. Nature as teleological; 20. Spiritualistic monism; Index.

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