Consciousness and the Mind of God Synopsis
This work addresses the challenge of contemporary materialism for thinking about God. The book examines contemporary theories of consciousness and defends a non-materialist theory of persons, subjectivity and God. A version of dualism is articulated that seeks to avoid the fragmented outlook of most dualist theories. Dualism is often considered to be inadequate both philosophically and ethically, and is seen as a chief cause of denigrating the body and of promoting individualism and scepticism. Charles Taliaferro defends a holistic understanding of the person-body relationship in which the two are distinguishable yet integrally related. This integrated dualism is spelled out in a way that avoids the ethical and philosophical problems associated with other dualistic accounts, especially in its Platonic and Cartesian forms. A defence is then made of the intelligibility of thinking about God as non-physical, yet integrally present to creation. Charles Taliaferro is co-editor of the forthcoming A Companion to Philosophy of Religion, with Philip Quinn. He has had work published in, among others, The Philosophical Quarterly, Metaphilosophy, Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, and Philosophia.
Consciousness and the Mind of God Press Reviews
'Taliaferro's project to examine the significance of recent philosophy of mind for philosophical theism is 'an idea whose time has come'.' Richard Creel, Ithica College, New York '... a magisterial survey ... Consciousness and the Mind of God offers as comprehensive a survey of the views of Paul Churchland and other luminaries of this era as one might want. ... The analysis is invariably informed and judicious.' Brain This work should attract wide attention. Its extensive learning and careful formulations of arguments advances a position often not taken seriously enough, plus it offers ways to save the central dogmas of Christian incarnation and supports a new way of understanding the Trinity. Highly recommended. The Reader's Review He has lucidly and thoroughly explored the issues within the mind/body-God/world analogy. For anyone wishing to investigate the analogy and needing a strong, obvious case for it, this is an excellent book. Choice ...a delight to read--clear, elegant, and compelling... this is a vitally important book. The Expository Times At present, leadership in the philosophy of mind is largely, if not exclusively, in the hands of naturalists and materialists. There is need and, I believe, also a genuine opportunity for serious, constructive work by Christian philosophers in this vital field of philosophyu. An excellent (and extremely readable) book on the subject is Charles Taliaferro's Consciousness and the Mind of God. William Hasker, Books and Culture ...an interesting and significant contribution to philosophical anthropology, philosophical theology and Christian apologetics....a first-rate piece of work. It is clearly argued, succinctly written, takes full measure of recent discussions of the topics raised and considers important counter-arguments to the positions taken....both engaging and accessible to anyone who thinks about human nature and God. Christian Scholar's Review On balance, this is a highly suggestive book discussing some of the most challenging questions put to the Christian understanding of personhood and the doctrine of God in today's world. Arthur Vogel, Anglican Theological Review What we have here, then, is a serious constructive project in philosophical theology. It is carried through with energy, care, and precision; it shows acquaintance with the best recent work in philosophy of mind (and its close materialist cousin, cognitive science), and in philosophical theology; and it is marked throughout by a care for and attention ro the strictly philosophical (principally ontological and metaphysical) import of traditional Christian claims about the matters with which it deals. These are considerable virtues. Taliaferro's work provides more evidence that the most interesting work in philosophical theology today is being done by those with philosophical rather than theological training....this is a very important book that deserves close and careful reading by philosophers and theologians and that ought to provoke much discussion. Paul Griffiths, Journal of Religion ...demonstrates remarkable boldness....The scope of this book is staggering....this is a well-written and engaging book. Taliaferro has a good grasp of the literature and is engaging the right opponents. He also keeps the reader interested with a brisk pace and frequent subject changes. Thomas D. Senor, Canadian Philosophical Review His goal is twofold: First, to catalogue the arguments of the various proponents of such scientific materialism...I would say that Taliaferro admirably achieves his first goal. I do not know of any similar catalogue of the various contemporary arguments of scientific materialism. Commonweal