Fiona Ellis, God, Value, and Nature

Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2014, 220 pp., $99 (cloth)
  • Erik J. Wielenberg
Book Review

In the Nicomachean Ethics, Aristotle claims that just about everyone agrees that the highest good is eudaimonia while disagreeing with one another about what eudaimonia is. A similar situation exists among many (not all) contemporary philosophers: they agree that naturalism is true while disagreeing with one another about what naturalism is. By their lights, the claim that a given entity exists is worth taking seriously only if the entity in question is compatible with naturalism (whatever that is); otherwise, the entity is queer or spooky and the claim that it exists should be rejected outright.

In God, Value, and Nature, Fiona Ellis considers five (by my count) increasingly expansive version of naturalism, ranging from a view according to which the only entities that qualify as natural rather than spookily supernatural are those that can be studied by the hard sciences to a view about that classifies the Christian God as natural. Part of Ellis’s project is to consider the extent to...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyDePauw UniversityGreencastleUSA

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