The Ordinary is Extraordinary; The Wonder of the Mundane Physical World
Keywords: 
 Materias Investigacion::Teología y Ciencias religiosas
Philip Kitcher
Secular naturalism
The transcendent
Normatively
Sensations
Consciousness
The mental
The physical
Issue Date: 
2015
Publisher: 
Universidad Nicolás Copérnico de Torun
ISSN: 
2300–7648
2353–5636
Citation: 
Taliaferro,C., ""The Ordinary is Extraordinary; The Wonder of the Mundane Physical World"", Scientia et Fides, Vol.3, N.2 (2015), pp.107-116
Abstract
Philip Kitcher and other secular naturalists assert that we have a problem-free concept of the “mundane physical world” and use the idea of our familiar material world to critique those who recognize a transcendent reality as in theism. It is argued that the naturalist’s concept of the world faces problems involving the primacy of the mental, normativity, sensations and consciousness, and contemporary science. A closing section suggests, contra secular naturalism, that our experience of the mundane world can be suffused with a sense of the transcendent, as we find in Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina. This conclusion is supported by reference to other work.

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