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Mind and Cosmos: Why the Materialist Neo-Darwinian Conception of Nature is Almost Certainly False

Thomas Nagel


This book argues that the widely accepted world view of materialist naturalism is untenable. The mind-body problem cannot be confined to the relation between animal minds and animal bodies. If materialism cannot accommodate consciousness and other mind-related aspects of reality, then we must abandon a purely materialist understanding of nature in general, extending to biology, evolutionary theory, and cosmology. Since minds are features of biological systems that have developed through evolution, the standard materialist version of evolutionary biology is fundamentally incomplete. And the cos ... More

Keywords: materialist naturalism, mind-body problem, reality, nature, biological systems, evolution, materialist history, reductionism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199919758
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199919758.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Thomas Nagel, author
New York University

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