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

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Overview

"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.
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"succinct and penetrating... Thoroughly researched and richly argued, World Without Design will prove valuable to anyone interested in the naturalistic tradition."—Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199247615
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 6/24/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 5.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael C. Rea is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame.

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1
Pt. I Naturalism
2 Pillars of the tradition 21
3 Naturalism characterized 50
Pt. II Ontology
4 The discovery problem 77
5 Proper function 108
6 Pragmatic arguments 128
7 What price antirealism? 158
Pt. III Alternatives
8 Intuitionism 173
9 Supernaturalism 212
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