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<b>Introduction</b>

Michael C. Rea

in World Without Design

Published in print August 2002 | ISBN: 9780199247608
Published online January 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191601804 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199247609.003.0001
 Introduction

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Introduces several of the concepts and assumptions that will occupy center stage in the book's main argument. In particular, introduces the notion of a research programme, and provides characterizations of realism about material objects and its rival, constructivism. Also defends the conclusion that it is impossible to adopt a research programme on the basis of evidence. This constitutes the author's argument for the conditional claim that if naturalism is a research programme, its status as orthodoxy is without rational foundation. Introduces the central thesis of the book – that naturalists are committed to rejecting realism about material objects, materialism, and perhaps realism about other minds – and goes on to provide a brief outline of the remaining chapters.

Keywords: constructivism; methodological disposition; modal property; realism about material objects; research programme

Chapter.  7296 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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