RE: Robert Koons & I.D.

From: Glenn Morton (
Date: Fri Sep 19 2003 - 22:07:19 EDT

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    One can see the weak part of Koons views at
    Search on Koons. This is a report of what he said at the Nature of Nature
    conference at Baylor in 2000. He assumes truth and simplicity are related,
    which is not necessarily the case.

    >-----Original Message-----
    >From: []On
    >Behalf Of John W Burgeson
    >Sent: Friday, September 19, 2003 11:05 AM
    >Subject: Robert Koons & I.D.
    >Glenn Morton challenged me to post some recent book information which is
    >supportive, at least in part, of the I.D. concepts.
    >One of these is NATURE, DESIGN & SCIENCE by Del Ratzsch. I may address
    >that book in a later post.
    >A second one is Realism Regained: An Exact Theory of Causation, Teleology
    >and the Mind (Oxford University Press, 2000, New York) by Robert C.
    >Koons. Some of us will remember Dr. Koons as the person most responsible
    >for the excellent 1997 conference in Austin, Texas titled "Naturalism,
    >Theism and the Scientific Enterprise." From Dr. Koons website, this about
    >the book:
    >Abstract: Causation has long been one of the central subjects in
    >philosophy. The late twentieth century has seen a renaissance of interest
    >in the subject, while the development of modal logic, probability theory,
    >mereology , defeasible or "nonmonotonic" logics, and partial semantics
    >(including the situation theory of Barwise, Perry and Etchemendy) have
    >provided the tools needed for an exact and comprehensive theory of
    >In Realism Regained, Koons constructs a non-Humean theory of causation
    >which sheds light on recent causal theories in epistemology and the
    >philosophy of mind. In the process, he develops a parsimonious
    >metaphysical theory, which accounts for such phenomena as: information,
    >teleology and biological function, mental representation, qualia and
    >mental causation, our knowledge of logic, mathematics and science, the
    >structure of spacetime, the identity of physical objects, and the
    >objectivity of values and moral norms.
    >Realism Regained offers a broadly "naturalistic" account of norms,
    >building upon and refining the teleological theories of Dretske, Stampe,
    >Millikan and others. However, Koons argues against a narrowly
    >materialistic view, providing seven independent lines of argument for the
    >existence of non-physical facts, in particular, facts of logical,
    >mathematical and natural necessity.
    >There is more -- see (on Dr. Koons):
    >and (on his book):
    >Has anyone here studied this book? Is it one worth ordering? (Del
    >Ratzsch's book certainly is).
    >John Burgeson
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