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Agents Under Fire: Materialism and the Rationality of Science

Angus Menuge

Rowman and Littlefield, (Hardback), 233 pages, 2004

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Foreword by Michael Ruse

In the first study of its kind, Agents Under Fire defends a robust notion of agency and intentionality against eliminative and naturalistic alternatives, showing the interconnections between the philosophy of mind, theology, and Intelligent Design. Menuge argues that Behe's irreducible complexity is a challenge to reductionism not only in biology, but also in psychology, and shows the inability of the Darwinian psychology proposed by Dawkins, Dennett, and Steven Pinker to explain the integration, unity, direction, and reliability of rational thought.

This fascinating defense against scientific materialism is the only book-length study relating Intelligent Design to contemporary issues in the philosophy of mind. Drawing on his experience as both a philosopher and a computer scientist, Menuge deftly shows the reader that the materialist's attempts to rid science of all commitment to teleology can only result in incoherence, and presents instead his own unique argument for the legitimacy of Intelligent Design.

About The Author
Angus Menuge is associate professor of philosophy and associate director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia University Wisconsin. He holds a B.A. in philosophy from the University of Warwick, an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a DCA in Christian Apologetics from the International Academy of Apologetics, Evangelism and Human Rights. Dr. Menuge is editor of three books, C. S. Lewis: Lightbearer in the Shadowlands (Crossway Books, 1997), Christ and Culture in Dialogue (Concordia Publishing House, 1999) and Reading God's World: The Vocation of Scientist (Concordia Publishing House, forthcoming).

"In this wonderfully insightful book, Angus Menuge details how intelligent design is systematically dismantling materialism's scientific and philosophical underpinnings. Though for now materialism persists as academic orthodoxy, Menuge's withering attack against it in this book signals a coming sea of change."
�William Dembski, author of No Free Lunch and The Design Revolution

"With marvelous clarity and wit, Angus Menuge lays bare the philosophical incoherence of materialism. He clears the fog to show that the universe contains not only matter and energy; it contains agents."
�Michael Behe, Professor of Biochemistry, Lehigh University

Table of Contents

  • Foreword by Michael Ruse
  • Preface
  • Skyhooks and Cranes: The Challenge of Reductionism
  • Strong Agent Reductionism: Materialism and the Rationality of Science
  • Weak Agent Reductionism: Science and the Rationality of Materialism
  • Bait and Switch: Indirectness and Biological Unity
  • The Alchemy of the Mind: Indirectness and Psychological Unity
  • Beyond Skinnerian Creatures: A Defense of the Lewis-Plantinga Argument Against Evolutionary Naturalism
  • Intentionality, Information and Displacement: The Legitimacy of Design
  • Science and Christianity: Dogmatism and Dialogue
  • About the Author

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