World Without Design: The Ontological Consequences of Naturalism

Paperback | May 10, 2004

byMichael C. Rea

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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 otherminds. 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 arguesfor 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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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 fai...

Michael C. Rea is in the Department of Philosophy, University of Notre Dame, Indiana.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:254 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.58 inPublished:May 10, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199247617

ISBN - 13:9780199247615

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction1 Naturalism2. Pillars of the Tradition3. Naturalism Characterized2 Ontology4. The Discovery Problem5. Proper Function6. Pragmatic Arguments7. What Price Anti-Realism?3 Alternatives8. Intuitionism9. Supernaturalism

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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