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Understanding Naturalism

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Understanding Naturalism by Jack Ritchie
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Many contemporary Anglo-American philosophers describe themselves as naturalists. But what do they mean by that term? Popular naturalist slogans like, "there is no first philosophy" or "philosophy is continuous with the natural sciences" are far from illuminating. "Understanding Naturalism" provides a clear and readable survey of the main strands in recent naturalist thought. The origin and development of naturalist ideas in epistemology, metaphysics and semantics is explained through the works of Quine, Goldman, Kuhn, Chalmers, Papineau, Millikan and others. The most common objections to the naturalist project - that it involves a change of subject and fails to engage with "real" philosophical problems, that it is self-refuting, and that naturalism cannot deal with normative notions like truth, justification and meaning - are all discussed. "Understanding Naturalism" distinguishes two strands of naturalist thinking - the constructive and the deflationary - and explains how this distinction can invigorate naturalism and the future of philosophical research.

Author Biography

Jack Ritchie is Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Cape Town.
Release date Australia
November 1st, 2006
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Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Imprint
Acumen Publishing Ltd
Pages
192
Dimensions
138x216x18
ISBN-13
9781844650798
Product ID
1937072

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