Naturalism and the A Priori

Penelope Maddy

in New Essays on the A Priori

Published in print October 2000 | ISBN: 9780199241279
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191597107 | DOI:
                   Naturalism and the A Priori

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Penelope Maddy investigates the concept of the a priori in the context of contemporary scientific naturalism, arguing that a naturalistic account of the growth of scientific knowledge refutes the suggestion that there are a priori truths. Maddy notes the importance of Kant's conception of the a priori to her naturalism, and works out the differences and similarities between Quine's and her (Quinean) naturalism.

Keywords: a priori; Kant; naturalism; Penelope Maddy; Quine; scientific knowledge; scientific naturalism

Chapter.  12802 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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