Panpsychism and the Religious Attitude

Panpsychism and the Religious Attitude

by D. S. Clarke
     
 

ISBN-10: 0791456862

ISBN-13: 9780791456866

Pub. Date: 02/28/2003

Publisher: State University of New York Press

Human beings have thoughts, sensations, and feelings and think that at least some of this mental life is shared with domestic and wild animals. But, are there reduced degrees of mentality found in mosquitoes, bacteria, and even more primitive natural bodies? Panpsychists think so and have defended this belief throughout the history of philosophy, beginning with the…  See more details below

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Human beings have thoughts, sensations, and feelings and think that at least some of this mental life is shared with domestic and wild animals. But, are there reduced degrees of mentality found in mosquitoes, bacteria, and even more primitive natural bodies? Panpsychists think so and have defended this belief throughout the history of philosophy, beginning with the ancient Greeks and continuing into the present. In this bold, challenging book, D. S. Clarke outlines reasons for accepting panpsychism and defends the doctrine against its critics. He proposes it as an alternative to the mechanistic materialism and humanism that dominate present-day philosophy.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791456866
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
02/28/2003
Pages:
212
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

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Table of Contents

Preface
Ch. 1Introduction1
Ch. 2Versions of Panpsychism19
Ch. 3Humanist and Mechanist Alternatives55
Ch. 4Mental Ascriptions85
Ch. 5Mentality and Evolution101
Ch. 6The Theistic Alternative129
Ch. 7The Religious Attitude145
Notes177
References189
Index195

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