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Naturalism Characterized

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/10.1093/0199247609.003.0003
Naturalism Characterized

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Argues that characterizing naturalism as a view rather than a research programme and inevitably portrays naturalism either as a self‐defeating thesis or as a view commitment to which would be inconsistent with the core dispositions of the tradition. Thus, the fairest and most plausible characterization of naturalism treats it as a research programme – in particular, a research programme wherein one treats the methods of science and those methods alone as basic sources of evidence.

Keywords: metaphysical naturalism; epistemological naturalism; methodological naturalism; research programme; reflective equilibrium; scientific method

Chapter.  9950 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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