with Dr. Gerald Filson.

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Robert Bellah’s insights regarding the co-evolution of cognitive capacities and religion, and post-empiricist work in the history and philosophy of science (Hacking, Graham-Smith, Gaukroger, etc), are of interest in the debate regarding the limits or the comprehensiveness of naturalism as the dominant current worldview or philosophy, and also inform the failure to bridge the gap between cognitive science (whether understanding mind as computation, neural networks or dynamic systems) and the “hard problem” of consciousness and subjectivity, and between the “space of natural, empirical law” in explaining human functioning and the “space of reason-giving” (Sellars) and the phenomenological understanding of human experience. If religion is a system of knowledge, in ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s words, “intertwined” with “science [which is to be] the handmaid of religion”, does such recent work in philosophy help us understand that relationship better, however primitive our understanding is as yet?

This presentation is based on ideas developed by Gerald Filson and Ben Schewel during the 2011-12 winter. Ben continues to develop these ideas. Gerald continues his reading in these areas.

Gerald Filson, Director of Public Affairs for the Bahá’í Community of Canada, has degrees in mathematics (B.A.), educational technology (M.A.) and philosophy of education (Ph.D.), with interests in philosophy of science, social and moral philosophy, and practical reason.