Naturalism and the First-Person Perspective

2015.01.09 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Lynne Rudder Baker, Naturalism and the First-Person Perspective, Oxford University Press, 2013, 248pp., $24.95 (pbk), ISBN
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2015.01.09 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Lynne Rudder Baker, Naturalism and the First-Person Perspective, Oxford University Press, 2013, 248pp., $24.95 (pbk), ISBN 9780199914746. Reviewed by Owen Flanagan, Duke University The title of this book fits like a glove. Lynne Rudder Baker aims to show that naturalism cannot make room for such facts as that there are first-person experiences and perspectives. First person facts are items such as my experience of pain, which Baker calls rudimentary, and thoughts such as "I am glad I am a philosopher," which she calls robust because they contain a self-concept. Naturalism, according to Baker, denies that there are such facts and insists that such apparent facts be reduced or eliminated from a true view of reality. This cannot be done. Therefore, naturalism must go. The book is divided into two parts. Part 1, consists of 5 chapters and is a relentless brief against naturalism. In Part 2, comprised of... . . .

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