Naturalist Themes

  • Michael P. Wolf
  • Jeremy Randel Koons


One of the great difficulties in deciding how to reconcile our fairly robust views on normativity with naturalism is that there are about as many forms of naturalism as there are naturalists. The label has been adopted by or ascribed to philosophers as disparate in their views as John Dewey, Frank Ramsey, Roy Wood Sellars, Wilfrid Sellars, Ernest Nagel, David Armstrong, W.V.O. Quine, Thomas Kuhn, Philip Kitcher, both Paul and Patricia Churchland, J.L. Mackie, Philippa Foot, Aristotle, David Hume, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Richard Rorty, Friedrich Nietzsche (Leiter 2002), and Jacques Derrida (Staten 2008); to ordinary language philosophers, to experimental philosophers, and to the entire pragmatist tradition. We do not confront a single doctrine in naturalism, but rather numerous methodologies, motivations, and projects; which of these to address and which to dismiss will be substantial philosophical questions in their own rights.


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  • Michael P. Wolf
    • 1
  • Jeremy Randel Koons
    • 2
  1. 1.Washington, PAUSA
  2. 2.DohaQatar

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