Second Philosophy: A Naturalistic Method

Second Philosophy: A Naturalistic Method

by Penelope Maddy
     
 

ISBN-10: 0199566240

ISBN-13: 9780199566242

Pub. Date: 06/22/2009

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Many philosophers these days consider themselves naturalists, but it's doubtful any two of them intend the same position by the term. In Second Philosophy, Penelope Maddy describes and practices a particularly austere form of naturalism called "Second Philosophy." Without a definitive criterion for what counts as "science" and what doesn't, Second Philosophy can't be…  See more details below

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Many philosophers these days consider themselves naturalists, but it's doubtful any two of them intend the same position by the term. In Second Philosophy, Penelope Maddy describes and practices a particularly austere form of naturalism called "Second Philosophy." Without a definitive criterion for what counts as "science" and what doesn't, Second Philosophy can't be specified directly ("trust only the methods of science" for example), so Maddy proceeds instead by illustrating the behaviors of an idealized inquirer she calls the "Second Philosopher." mhis Second Philosopher begins from perceptual common sense experimentation, theory formation and testing, working all the while to asses, correct and improve her methods as she goes. Second Philosophy is then the result of the Second Philosopher's investigations.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199566242
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
06/22/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
460
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction
Part I: What is Second Philosophy?
1. Descartes' first philosophy
2. Neo-Cartesian skepticism
3. Hume's naturalism
4. Kant's transcendentalism
5. Carnap's rational reconstruction
6. Quine's naturalism
7. Putnam's anti-naturalism
Part II: The Second Philosopher at Work
8. What's left to do?
9. An illustration: truth and reference
10. Reconfiguring the debate
11. Disquotation
12. Minimalism
13. Correlation
Part III: A Second Philosophy of Logic
14. Naturalistic options
15. Kant on logic
16. Undoing the Copernican revolution
17. The logical structure of the world
18. The logical structure of cognition
19. The status of rudimentary logic
20. From rudimentary to classical logic
21. Caveats
Part IV: Second Philosophy and Mathematics
22. Second philosophy of science
23. Mathematics in application
24. Second methodology of mathematics
25. Second philosophy of mathematics
26. Second metaphysics
Bibliography

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