World Without Design: The Ontological Consequences of Naturalism / Edition 1

World Without Design: The Ontological Consequences of Naturalism / Edition 1

by Michael C. Rea
     
 

ISBN-10: 0199247617

ISBN-13: 9780199247615

Pub. Date: 06/24/2004

Publisher: Oxford University Press

"Philosophical naturalism has dominated the Western academy for well over a century. According to Michael Rea, however, there is an important sense in which naturalism's status as orthodoxy is without rational foundation, and the costs of embracing it are surprisingly high. The goal of World Without Design is to defend these two claims, with special attention to the…  See more details below

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"Philosophical naturalism has dominated the Western academy for well over a century. According to Michael Rea, however, there is an important sense in which naturalism's status as orthodoxy is without rational foundation, and the costs of embracing it are surprisingly high. The goal of World Without Design is to defend these two claims, with special attention to the second." The first part of the book aims to provide a fair and historically informed characterization of naturalism. The second part argues for the striking thesis that naturalists are committed to rejecting realism about material objects, materialism, and perhaps realism about other minds. Rea concludes by examining two alternative research programs: intuitionism and supernaturalism, and argues for the conclusion that, under certain circumstances, intuitionism is self-defeating.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199247615
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
06/24/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
8.40(w) x 5.40(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

1Introduction1
Pt. INaturalism
2Pillars of the tradition21
3Naturalism characterized50
Pt. IIOntology
4The discovery problem77
5Proper function108
6Pragmatic arguments128
7What price antirealism?158
Pt. IIIAlternatives
8Intuitionism173
9Supernaturalism212

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