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The Taboo of Subjectivity: Towards a New Science of Consciousness

B. Alan Wallace


This book takes a bold new look at ways of exploring the nature, origins, and potentials of consciousness within the context of science and religion. It draws careful distinctions between four elements of the scientific tradition: science itself, scientific realism, scientific materialism, and scientism. Arguing that the metaphysical doctrine of scientific materialism has taken on the role of ersatz-religion for its adherents, it traces its development from its Greek and Judeo-Christian origins, focusing on the interrelation between the Protestant Reformation and the Scientific Revolution. It ... More

Keywords: consciousness, scientific realism, scientific materialism, scientism, William James, contemplative experience

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780195173109
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195173109.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

B. Alan Wallace, author
Santa Barbara Institute for the Interdisciplinary Study of Consciousness