Theism and Explanation
18%
off

Theism and Explanation

4.85 (20 ratings by Goodreads)
By (author) 

Free delivery worldwide

Available. Expected delivery to the United States in 15-18 business days.


Not ordering to the United States? Click here.

Description

In this timely study, Dawes defends the methodological naturalism of the sciences. Though religions offer what appear to be explanations of various facts about the world, the scientist, as scientist, will not take such proposed explanations seriously. Even if no natural explanation were available, she will assume that one exists. Is this merely a sign of atheistic prejudice, as some critics suggest? Or are there good reasons to exclude from science explanations that invoke a supernatural agent? On the one hand, Dawes concedes the bare possibility that talk of divine action could constitute a potential explanation of some state of affairs, while noting that the conditions under which this would be true are unlikely ever to be fulfilled. On the other hand, he argues that a proposed explanation of this kind would rate poorly, when measured against our usual standards of explanatory virtue.
show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 212 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 19.05mm | 570g
  • Routledge
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 2 Line drawings, black and white
  • 0415997380
  • 9780415997386

Table of contents

Acknowledgments

Chapter 1: Against Religious Explanations

Chapter 2: On Explanations in General

Chapter 3: What are Theistic Explanations?

Chapter 4: What Would They Explain?

Chapter 5: Potential Theistic Explanations

Chapter 6: Inference to the Best Explanation

Chapter 7: Successful Theistic Explanations

Chapter 8: Conclusion

Appendix: Intentional Explanations

Notes

Bibliography

Index
show more

Review Text

Gregory Dawes' Theism and Explanation is a competent, nuanced look at the nature and scope of theistic explanations.  Dawes argues that theistic explanations can in principle be good explanations, but he also argues that they have to meet a high bar to count as good explanations. ... The result is an interesting and insightful look at what it takes to be a successful theistic explanation.
-Bradley Monton, University of Colorado at Boulder, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews
show more

Review quote

Gregory Dawes' Theism and Explanation is a competent, nuanced look at the nature and scope of theistic explanations. Dawes argues that theistic explanations can in principle be good explanations, but he also argues that they have to meet a high bar to count as good explanations. ... The result is an interesting and insightful look at what it takes to be a successful theistic explanation.
-Bradley Monton, University of Colorado at Boulder, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews
show more

About Gregory W. Dawes

Gregory W. Dawes is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Otago. He is the author of The Historical Jesus Question: The Challenge of History to Religious Authority.
show more

Rating details

20 ratings
4.85 out of 5 stars
5 85% (17)
4 15% (3)
3 0% (0)
2 0% (0)
1 0% (0)
Book ratings by Goodreads
Goodreads is the world's largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. We're featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. Close X