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Varieties of Naturalism

Owen Flanagan

in The Oxford Handbook of Religion and Science

Published in print April 2008 | ISBN: 9780199543656
Published online September 2009 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199543656.003.0027

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Religion and Theology

Varieties of Naturalism

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After giving different meanings for naturalism, this article discusses Wittgenstein and Bouwsma; the scope of naturalism; the ontology of imperialistic and non-imperialistic naturalism; naturalized epistemology and the problem of normativity; naturalized ethics; naturalizing normativity; and some thoughts on relativism. The discussion closes with Dewey's insight that ‘Moral science is not something with a separate province. It is physical, biological, and historic knowledge placed in a humane context where it will illuminate and guide the activities of men’.

Keywords: ethical naturalism; imperialistic naturalism; normativity; Wittgenstein; relativism

Article.  11758 words. 

Subjects: Religion ; Religion and Science

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