Lynne Rudder Baker

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Lynne Rudder Baker (born February 14, 1944) is an American philosopher and author, currently a Distinguished Professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She is a native of Atlanta. She got her Ph.D. in 1972 from Vanderbilt University. She was a fellow of the National Humanities Center (1983–1984) and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (1988–1989). She joined the faculty of UMass Amherst in 1989. She is the author of several books, notably Saving Belief: A Critique of Physicalism (1987), Explaining Attitudes: A Practical Approach to the Mind (1995), Persons and Bodies: A Constitution View (2000), and The Metaphysics of Everyday Life: An Essay in Practical Realism (2007). Along with several other scholars, Baker delivered the 2001 Gifford Lectures in Natural Theology at the University of Glasgow, published as The Nature and Limits of Human Understanding (ed. Anthony Sanford, T & T Clark, 2003). She is a member of the Amherst Grace Episcopal Church.

Views on science and religion

Baker imputes to scientists generally the view that human beings are just another species rather than a special creation of God:

  • "Yet, the sciences are relentless in taking human beings to be just another part of nature: a little more complex than chimpanzees, but not essentially different—certainly not morally and ontologically special. We are just one species among many."[1]


  1. Our Place in Nature: Material Persons and Theism

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