Naturalism in Questionby Mario De Caro
Pub. Date: 09/15/2008
Today the majority of philosophers in the English-speaking world adhere to the "naturalist" credos that philosophy is continuous with science, and that the natural sciences provide a complete account of all that exists--whether human or nonhuman. The new faith says science, not man, is the measure of all things. However, there is a growing skepticism about the
Today the majority of philosophers in the English-speaking world adhere to the "naturalist" credos that philosophy is continuous with science, and that the natural sciences provide a complete account of all that exists--whether human or nonhuman. The new faith says science, not man, is the measure of all things. However, there is a growing skepticism about the adequacy of this complacent orthodoxy. This volume presents a group of leading thinkers who criticize scientific naturalism not in the name of some form of supernaturalism, but in order to defend a more inclusive or liberal naturalism.
The many prominent Anglo-American philosophers appearing in this book--Akeel Bilgrami, Stanley Cavell, Donald Davidson, John Dupré, Jennifer Hornsby, Erin Kelly, John McDowell, Huw Price, Hilary Putnam, Carol Rovane, Barry Stroud, and Stephen White--do not march in lockstep, yet their contributions demonstrate mutual affinities and various unifying themes. Instead of attempting to force human nature into a restricted scientific image of the world, these papers represent an attempt to place human nature at the center of renewed--but still scientifically respectful--conceptions of philosophy and nature.
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Table of Contents
Introduction: The Nature of Naturalism
I. Science and Reality
1. The Charm of Naturalism
2. The Miracle of Monism
3. The Content and Appeal of "Naturalism"
4. Naturalism Without Representationalism
5. Naturalism in the Philosophy of Mind
6. Naturalism and Skepticism
7. Intentionality and Norms
8. Could There Be a Science of Rationality?
9. Agency and Alienation
10. Is Freedom Really a Mystery?
Mario De Caro
11. Subjectivity and the Agential Perspective
Stephen L. White
IV. Ethical and Aesthetic Normativity
12. A Nonnaturalist Account of Personal Identity
13. Against Naturalism in Ethics
Erin I. Kelly
14. Postscript (2002) to "The Investigations' Everyday Aesthetics of Itself"
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