1st Edition

Naturalism and the Human Condition Against Scientism

By Frederick A. Olafson Copyright 2001

    Naturalism and the Human Condition is a compelling account of why naturalism, or the 'scientific world-view' cannot provide a full account of who and what we are as human beings.
    Drawing on sources including Heidegger, Merleau-Ponty, Husserl and Sartre, Olafson exposes the limits of naturalism and stresses the importance of serious philosophical investigation of human nature.

    Chapter 1 Naturalism in Historical Perspective; Chapter 2 Naturalism, Dualism, and the Natural Attitude; Chapter 3 The Rejection of the Given and the Eclipse of Presence; Chapter 4 The Substitution of Language for Presence; Chapter 5 What does the Brain do?; Chapter 6 Human Being as the Place of Truth; Chapter 7 Conclusion;


    Frederick A. Olafson is one of the principal interpreters of the thought of Martin Heidegger in the English-speaking world. He is Professor Emeritus at the University of California, San Diego.