American Philosophic Naturalism in the Twentieth Century

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This comprehensive collection, bringing together significant essays by leading philosophers of the twentieth century, represents one prominent school of American thought philosophic naturalism. Naturalism holds that nature is objective and can be studied to gain knowledge that is not determined by methodology, perspective, belief, or theory. For the naturalist, "nature" is an all-encompassing concept; nothing is other than natural and any notion of a supernatural realm is rejected. Naturalism, however, cannot be ...
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This comprehensive collection, bringing together significant essays by leading philosophers of the twentieth century, represents one prominent school of American thought philosophic naturalism. Naturalism holds that nature is objective and can be studied to gain knowledge that is not determined by methodology, perspective, belief, or theory. For the naturalist, "nature" is an all-encompassing concept; nothing is other than natural and any notion of a supernatural realm is rejected. Naturalism, however, cannot be equated with materialistic reductionism or strict determinism. Certain nonmaterial aspects of human existence thoughts, feelings, meanings, values, beliefs, ideals, and free will are included within the scope of the naturalist's approach.
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A collection of essays on philosophic naturalism by 20th-century philosophers such as Justus Buchler, Thelma Lavine, and George Santayana. Naturalism holds that nature is objective, but the philosophy includes nonmaterial aspects of human existence--thoughts, feelings, values, and free will--within its scope. The essays demonstrate the range of naturalistic inquiry and discuss conceptions of nature; nature, experience, and method; ethical, social, aesthetic, and religious values; and naturalism and contemporary philosophy. Lacks an index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR booknews.com
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  • ISBN-13: 9780879758943
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books
  • Publication date: 7/28/1994
  • Pages: 1
  • Product dimensions: 6.32 (w) x 9.27 (h) x 1.86 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 9
Pt. I Conceptions of Nature 27
Sect. 1 Nature Discerned 29
1 The Discovery of Natural Objects 31
2 Nature Unified and Mind Discerned 43
3 Knowledge of Nature 55
Sect. 2 The Nature of Nature: Materialism and Pluralism 75
1 Reformed Materialism and Intrinsic Endurance 79
2 Are Naturalists Materialists? 102
3 Empirical Pluralism and Unifications of Nature 121
4 Probing the Idea of Nature 141
Pt. II Nature, Experience, and Method 157
Sect. 3 Experience 159
1 Experience and Philosophic Method 162
2 In Dispraise of Life, Experience, and Reality 186
3 Naturalistic and Pure Reflection 194
4 Experience 214
Sect. 4 Science, Logic, and Knowledge 243
1 The Metaphysics of Reason and Scientific Method 246
2 Logic Without Ontology 269
3 Epistemology Naturalized 295
Pt. III Values Ethical and Social 313
Sect. 5 Ethical Theory 315
1 Naturalism and Ethical Theory 317
2 My Good, Your Good, and Our Good 351
Sect. 6 Humanism and Social Relations 367
1 Nature and the Human Spirit 369
2 Libertarianism: The Philosophy of Moral Freedom 382
3 Humanism and Democracy 394
Pt. IV Values Aesthetic and Religious 407
Sect. 7 Art and Aesthetics 409
1 The Live Creature 412
2 The Social Bases of Art 430
3 Poetic Judgment and Poetic Query 440
Sect. 8 Religion and the Religious 463
1 Ultimate Religion 466
2 A Common Faith 477
3 The Inevitability of Our Own Death 488
Pt. V Naturalism and Contemporary Philosophy 503
Sect. 9 Nature Reconsidered 505
1 Modernity and the Spirit of Naturalism 508
2 Human Natures 524
3 Nature and Culture 540
Acknowledgments 565
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