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September 1, 2014 / compassioninpolitics

Critical Bibliography of Neurophilosophy, Scientism, and Reductive Materialism/Physicalism/Naturalism

“The Folly of Scientism” by Austin Hughes in the New Atlantis (link)

Austin Hughes is the Carolina Distinguished Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of South Carolina.

• “The Limits of Neuro-talk” by by Mathew B. Crawford in the New Atlantis (link)

Matthew B. is currently a fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture at the University of Virginia and a contributing editor of The New Atlantis.

• “What Neuroscience Cannot Tell Us About Ourselves” by Raymond Tallis (link)

• Quotes from William Lane Craig on Scientism (link)

• Two page critique of scientism by Feser (link)

• Two part criticism of scientism by Feser (TBA)

• Scientism Roundup by Edward Feser (link)

• Five Critiques of Scientism (link)

• 3M’s Scientism/Materialism/Naturalism Can’t Provide (link)

• 3 Scientism/Materialism Undermines (link) [this author is agnostic]

• History of Materialism (link)

• Critique of Reductionism by John Polkinghorne (link)

• Philosopher William Lane Craig on Scientism (link)

• Philosopher William Lane Craig on the Limits of Science (link)

• Steven Pinker article links to a number of critical articles of scientism–Science is Not Your Enemy in the New Republic (link)

* Here are other articles that are critical of scientism on Compassion in Politics

Here is an index page from the Interdisciplinary Encyclopedia of Science and Religion (link) [there is a distinctively Catholic slant]

Raymond Tallis is the emeritus professor of geriatric medicine at the University of Manchester, United Kingdom, is the author, most recently, of Michelangelo’s Finger: An Exploration of Everyday Transcendence (Yale, 2010) and Aping Mankind: Neuromania, Darwinitis and the Misrepresentation of Humanity (Acumen, forthcoming in 2011). This essay has been adapted from a lecture delivered in February 2010 at the American Enterprise Institute.

The New Atlantis has a whole development of neuroscience here which looks at it from a critical perspective, where Raymond Tallis has four articles which center on philosophy of science & neuroscience type questions.


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  1. compassioninpolitics / Oct 3 2015 12:20 am

    This critiques Patricia Churchland and naturalist ways of approaching the issue:

  2. compassioninpolitics / Oct 15 2015 3:21 am

    There are also a number of free will Podcast episodes on the Discovery Institute podcast.


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