Wednesday, October 14, 2015

A review of Mind and Cosmos



Peter Johnson said...

Why now?

Victor Reppert said...

I was once asked who my favorite philosopher was, and to the surprise of, I am sure, some people, I said Thomas Nagel. I think he accepts my main arguments, but working from the secular side, he doesn't draw the theistic implications that I am inclined to accept.

I also consider him to be an excellent test case when it comes to defining naturalism. Does your definition of naturalism include Nagel as a naturalist, or not? If you say he is a naturalist, then it seems to me that all you need for naturalism is to deny theism. If not, then you have a version of the "no skyhook" rule.