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Wayward Naturalism

Isaac Levi

in Pragmatism and Inquiry

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780199698134
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191742323 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199698134.003.0007
Wayward Naturalism

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The most important contribution that the classical figures in the tradition of American pragmatism made is to the elaboration of models of problem-solving inquiry. Dewey made this clear by taking the creation of works of art to be a species of inquiry. For many authors, however, the emphasis on developing models of inquiry to be found especially in Peirce and Dewey has seemed less significant than the naturalism that Peirce, James, and Dewey all professed in one way or another. This essay shares Dewey’s opposition to diverse forms of supernaturalism. However, it calls into question the reduction of the ingredients of points of view with the aid of biology and physics. This is related to the replacement of “situations” by “commitments” mentioned in Chapter 5 and leads to the “wayward naturalism defended” in this chapter.

Keywords: naturalism; supernaturalism; problem-solving inquiry; situations; commitments

Chapter.  7285 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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