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Conceptual Analysis and Philosophical Naturalism
     

Conceptual Analysis and Philosophical Naturalism

by David Braddon-Mitchell, Robert Nola
 

Many philosophical naturalists eschew analysis in favor of discovering metaphysical truths from the a posteriori, contending that analysis does not lead to philosophical insight. A countercurrent to this approach seeks to reconcile a certain account of conceptual analysis with philosophical naturalism; prominent and influential proponents of this methodology

Overview

Many philosophical naturalists eschew analysis in favor of discovering metaphysical truths from the a posteriori, contending that analysis does not lead to philosophical insight. A countercurrent to this approach seeks to reconcile a certain account of conceptual analysis with philosophical naturalism; prominent and influential proponents of this methodology include the late David Lewis, Frank Jackson, Michael Smith, Philip Pettit, and David Armstrong. Naturalistic analysis (sometimes known as "the Canberra Plan" because many of its proponents have been associated with Australian National University in Canberra) is a tool for locating in the scientifically given world objects and properties we quantify over in everyday discourse. This collection gathers work from a range of prominent philosophers who are working within this tradition, offering important new work as well as critical evaluations of the methodology. Its centerpiece is an important posthumous paper by David Lewis, "Ramseyan Humility," published here for the first time. The contributors first address issues of philosophy of mind, semantics, and the new methodology's a priori character, then turn to matters of metaphysics, and finally consider problems regarding normativity. Conceptual Analysis and Philosophical Naturalism is one of the first efforts to apply this approach to such a wide range of philosophical issues.

Contributors: David Braddon-Mitchell, Mark Colyvan, Frank Jackson, Justine Kingsbury, Fred Kroon, David Lewis, Dustin Locke, Kelby Mason, Jonathan McKeown-Green, Peter Menzies, Robert Nola, Daniel Nolan, Philip Pettit, Huw Price, Denis Robinson, Steve Stich, Daniel Stoljar

Editorial Reviews

Minds and Machines

This volume will be welcomed by patrons who have interests in the school of thought that led to, and has been bred from, the Canberra Plan... Anyone with interests in a priori knowledge, metaphysics, and normativity should definitely purchase this fine volume.

From the Publisher
"This volume will be welcomed by patrons who have interests in the school of thought that led to, and has been bred from, the Canberra Plan... Anyone with interests in a priori knowledge, metaphysics, and normativity should definitely purchase this fine volume." Bradford McCall Minds and Machines

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262012560
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
12/05/2008
Series:
Bradford Books Series
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Michael Smith

Though the method of conceptual analysis isn't much in favor these days the essays in this volume show just how far our understanding of the method has come how misguided many of the criticisms of the method have been and how productive the method can still be. The essays which include David Lewis's already much discussed though not previously published 'Ramseyian Humility' make compulsory reading for everyone with a serious interest in how philosophy at its most exacting is done.

From the Publisher
"This volume will be welcomed by patrons who have interests in the school of thought that led to, and has been bred from, the Canberra Plan... Anyone with interests in a priori knowledge, metaphysics, and normativity should definitely purchase this fine volume." Bradford McCall Minds and Machines

The MIT Press

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Jonathan Peizer is the CTO of the Open SocietyInstitute, and Chairman/Co-founder of Aspiration, a501(c)(3) focusing on software development for thenonprofit sector.

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