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World Without Design : The Ontological Consequences of Naturalism - Michael C. Rea

World Without Design

The Ontological Consequences of Naturalism

Paperback Published: 1st June 2004
ISBN: 9780199247615
Number Of Pages: 245

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Philosophical naturalism, according to which philosophy is continuous with the natural sciences, has dominated the Western academy for well over a century; but Michael Rea claims that it is without rational foundation, and that the costs of embracing it are surprisingly high. The first part of World Without Design aims to provide a fair and historically informed characterization of naturalism. Rea then argues compellingly to the surprising conclusion that naturalists are committed to rejecting realism about material objects, materialism, and perhaps realism about other minds. This conclusion is striking, largely because naturalism is often simply identified with materialism, and the remaining two theses are ones that naturalists very typically want to endorse. Rea goes on to examine two alternative research programs: intuitionism and supernaturalism, and argues for the conclusion that intuitionism, under certain circumstances, is self-defeating. World Without Design offers a provocative challenge to philosophical orthodoxy. It will make uncomfortable reading for many philosophers.

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`Review from previous edition succinct and penetrating ... Thoroughly researched and richly argued, World Without Design will prove valuable to anyone interested in the naturalistic tradition' Troy Cross, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews

1: Introduction 1 Naturalism 2: Pillars of the Tradition 3: Naturalism Characterized 2 Ontology 4: The Discovery Problem 5: Proper Function 6: Pragmatic Arguments 7: What Price Anti-Realism? 3 Alternatives 8: Intuitionism 9: Supernaturalism

ISBN: 9780199247615
ISBN-10: 0199247617
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 245
Published: 1st June 2004
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.49 x 13.82  x 1.45
Weight (kg): 0.31