Rezension zu Thomas Nagel: Mind and Cosmos. Why the Materialist, Neo-Darwinian Conception is Almost Certainly False

Im Journal for General Philosophy of Science erschien meine Rezension zu Thomas Nagel’s “Mind and Cosmos. Why the Materialist, Neo-Darwinian Conception is Almost Certainly False”

Anti-naturalists share the conviction that something is wrong with the naturalistic conceptual frame and with the idea that in principle all events are explainable by using the means of physics. Physicalist naturalism is the modern form of old fashioned materialism. And there is no doubt that naturalism is still going strong notwithstanding its critiques. In ethics the boom of present-day Kantian constructivism can be understood as the last and maybe the most sophisticated “naturalist” answer to the realist challenge in ethics. Assuming that our language of morals is objectivist as John Mackie conceded (Mackie 1977), the project of analytical philosophy to transform ethics into philosophy of language showing that the ordinary language use of normative predicates like ought or good can and should be interpreted as expressing subjective attitudes, collapsed.


Nida-Rümelin, Julian, „Thomas Nagel: Mind and Cosmos. Why the Materialist, Neo-Darwinian Conception is Almost Certainly False.“ Journal for General Philosophy of Science 45, Nr. 2 (2014): 403–406.

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