The Taboo of Subjectivity

The Taboo of Subjectivity : Towards a New Science of Consciousness

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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. Alan Wallace 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, he traces its development from its Greek and Judeo-Christian origins, focusing on the interrelation between the Protestant Reformation and the Scientific Revolution. He looks at scientists' long term resistance to the firsthand study of consciousness and details the ways in which subjectivity has been deemed taboo within the scientific community. In conclusion, Wallace draws on William James's idea for a "science of religion" that would study the nature of religious and, in particular, contemplative experience. In exploring the nature of consciousness, this groundbreaking study will help to bridge the chasm between religious belief and scientific knowledge.
It is essential reading for philosophers and historians of science, scholars of religion, and anyone interested in the relationship between science and religion.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 228 pages
  • 152 x 232 x 18mm | 340.19g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0195173104
  • 9780195173109
  • 757,742

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This is a landmark book in consciousness studies in the grand tradition of William James. Indeed it is the kind of book that James would have written had he been updating his writings 100 years on. * Network * The Taboo of Subjectivity provides a commendable introduction to issues in the relation of science and religion that humanists with an interest in science will find accessible and reasonably persuasive, and its cross-cultural framework offers students of religion a rewarding illustration of comparative work.-The Journal of Religion Wallace has looked carefully at the religious study of consciousness in both East and West, and no one can walk away from this book without a deeper impression of the profound understanding of religious consciousness that religious thinkers and traditions have achieved. The book will thus be welcomed by those who are interested in the phenomenology of religious consciousness as a tool for the cross-cultural study of religious phenomena. For these purposes it is
heartily recommended.-The Journal of the American Academy of Religion
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About B. Alan Wallace

B. Alan Wallace is President of the Santa Barbara Institute for the Interdisciplinary Study of Consciousness
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