I am just shaking my head, seeing all the neuroscientists .. Damasio, Ashcroft, ..., telling us that mind is nothing but the electricity in the brain. I expected a rant, but Gluck is very fair-minded.
Gluck is a professor of philosophy and he kindly explains why physiologists cannot validly tell us what does NOT exist. It is invalid for a physiologist to say, "because we can measure electricity in the brain, therefore no soul continues after death." Science isn't for that.
Gluck tells us what science is for, and how it can be used more productively. He suggests that we have certain ways of viewing ultimate truth, that may involve theology, and that we have one or two other ways to do useful research that helps people with their aims. For example, Gluck says that Damasio's brain research is very helpful to many people.
I think Gluck's message is, We need to keep the helpfulness of science, but not allow science to tell us what to believe and what not to believe.
The book is not as easy to read as Damasio's books.. Gluck is a professor of philosophy and he writes in long sentences with lots of independent and dependent clauses, like someone who reads heavy philosophy books and expects everyone else can read them. I guess the subtitle already told you that; "An inquiry into consciousness, metaphysics and epistemology.."
I will write a longer review when finished.
Also reading another great book on Descartes' Theory of Mind by Clarke Descartes's Theory of Mind Clarke shows even better than Gluck, I feel, how modern scientists and popular writers mistake what Descartes was trying to say about mind and body.