A Field Guide to Recent Species of Naturalism


Journal Article (Review)

This review of recent work in the philosophy of science motivated by a commitment to 'naturalism' begins by identifying three key axioms and one theorem shared by philosophers thus self-styled. Owing much to Quine and Ernest Nagel, these philosophers of science share a common agenda with naturalists elsewhere in philosophy. But they have disagreed among themselves about how the axioms and the theorems they share settle long-standing disputes in the philosophy of science. After expounding these disagreements in the work of Boyd, Giere, Laudan, and Kitcher, I argue that naturalism needs to look for more than mere consistency in its foundations.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Rosenberg, A

Published Date

  • January 1, 1996

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 47 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 1 - 29

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0007-0882

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1093/bjps/47.1.1

Citation Source

  • Scopus