By Kelly James Clark

ISBN-10: 1118657772

ISBN-13: 9781118657775

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ISBN-13: 9781118657782

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"Since the flip of the twenty-first century, naturalism has develop into some of the most fashionable philosophical orthodoxies within the Western academy. but naturalism is extra usually assumed than defended. The Blackwell better half to Naturalism deals a scientific advent that defines, discusses and defends philosophical naturalism. Essays take on naturalism's function in current cultural conversations, from Libertarianism to Read more...

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There is some consensus among naturalistically oriented philosophers that some combination of cultural anthropology, the psychology of learning, and evolutionary biology will play a key role in providing a genealogy of morals. Dewey is helpful: “For practical purposes morals means customs, folkways, established collective habits. This is a commonplace of the anthropologist, though the moral theorist generally suffers from an illusion that his own place and day is, or ought to be, an exception” (Dewey 1922, 55).

Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 3 Naturalism in the Continental Tradition KEITH ANSELL PEARSON and JOHN PROTEVI Though the term “naturalism” is used more by analytic philosophers than by continental philosophers, the issues denoted by it are of great concern to continental philosophers. In this chapter, we will use the following rough‐and‐ready terminology. We begin by distinguishing methodological and ontological naturalism. Methodological naturalism (MN) varies in strength. , there are no specifically philosophical questions in continuity MN); superstrong MN, or “scientism,” asserts that only natural science produces meaningful statements, credence‐worthy beliefs, and so on.

20 F lanagan , S arkissian , an d Wong Why Naturalize? The ontological naturalism advanced in this chapter opposes belief in supernatural forces. It also rejects various forms of ontological dualism, such as a sharp bifurcation of humans and the rest of the natural world, as well as mind–body dualism. Ethical naturalism is not chiefly concerned with ontology, but with the proper way of approaching moral inquiry. 7 If naturalism were only opposed to supernaturalism, then the category of ethical naturalists would be overly inclusive, and if it were only ­committed to being receptive to findings from the natural sciences, if its most plausible core doctrine was a kind of open‐mindedness, as Barry Stroud (1996) has suggested, then it would be difficult to see how it could represent a distinctive view.

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