The Faces of Existence: An Essay in Nonreductive Metaphysics
John F. Post argues that physicalistic materialism is compatible with a number of views often deemed incompatible with it, such as the objectivity of values, the irreducibility of subjective experience, the power of the metaphor, the normativity of meaning, and even theism.
Mystery and Ultimate Explanation
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