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Ausgabe:

Januar/2015

Spalte:

107–109

Kategorie:

Philosophie, Religionsphilosophie

Autor/Hrsg.:

Smith, R. Scott

Titel/Untertitel:

Naturalism and Our Knowledge of Reality. Testing Religious Thruth-claims

Verlag:

Farnham u. a.: Ashgate 2012. XI, 241 S. = Ashgate New Critical Thinking in Religion, Theology and Biblical Studies. Lw. £ 65,00. ISBN 978-1-4094-3486-3.

Rezensent:

Michael Ch. Rodgers

According to the opening pages of Scott R. Smith’s Naturalism and Our Knowledge of Reality, »naturalism« (in some form or another) is the dominant philosophical position of our time. Those seeking »scholarly respectability must operate under the assumptions of naturalism, whether in its more philosophical or methodological forms, or both« (1). This has the unfortunate result of relegating such subjects as religion and ethics to the arena of »mere opinion«, not capable of reaching the lofty heights of »knowledge«. S. quickly notes that this position is regularly challenged by »postmodern­ism« (broadly conceived). Yet S. does not adopt a version of postmodernism in his critique of naturalism. He wants to insist, appar­-ently unlike the »postmodernists« but with the ...


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