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Naturalism and Philosophical Method

Colin McGinn

in Truth by Analysis

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780199856145
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199919567 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199856145.003.0009
Naturalism and Philosophical Method

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Metaphysical naturalism is the thesis that everything real is natural: there is no room for the supernatural in nature—or anywhere else for that matter. Methodological naturalism is the thesis that only the methods of empirical science produce worthwhile knowledge, so these are the methods we must pursue if we seek knowledge; non-scientific methods of inquiry must be abandoned altogether and must be replaced by scientific methods. This chapter looks at the issue of whether conceptual analysis is in conflict with naturalism of either variety, and if it is, whether that matters.

Keywords: conceptual analysis; metaphysical naturalism; methodological naturalism; empirical science

Chapter.  4841 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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