370 Pages
    by Routledge

    This volume features new essays on the application, justification and role of naturalism in philosophical inquiry. It serves as an important update on current controversies about naturalism.

    The contributors include leading figures who have written on naturalism and its relevance to a wide range of issues across philosophical subdisciplines. The chapters discuss how naturalism can be properly employed in different philosophical areas such as epistemology, metaphysics, philosophy of mind, philosophy of language, philosophy of religion, philosophy of time, philosophy of science, philosophy of mathematics, philosophy of memory, cognitive science, ethics, meta-ethics, and normativity.

    Naturalism and Its Challenges will be of interest to scholars and advance students working in a wide range of philosophical disciplines.


    Foreword: Naturalisms Philip Kitcher

    1. Naturalism Graham Oppy

    2. What Comes Naturally: Relaxed Naturalism’s New Philosophy of Nature Daniel D. Hutto and Ian Robertson 

    3. Naturalistic Emergence Stephen Mumford

    4. Categories, Naturalism and Materialism Nick Zangwill

    5. Physicalism, Intentionality and Normativity: The Essential Explanatory Gap Anandi Hattiangadi

    6. Considerations on Naturalism Peter van Inwagen

    7. The Islamicization of Naturalism Hajj Muhammad Legenhausen

    8. Naturalism and Carnapian Tolerance Peter Hylton

    9. Quine and Naturalism David Papineau

    10. A Blue-Collar Version of Quine’s Naturalism Gary Kemp

    11. Naturalizing Metaphysics: Epistemological Challenges Anjan Chakravartty

    12. The ‘intelligent’ capacitarian approach to responsible agency Victoria McGeer

    13. A Naturalistic Approach To Moral Epistemology Hilary Kornblith

    14. Naturalising the Philosophy of Time Heather Dyke

    15. Naturalism and Simulationism in the Philosophy of Memory Nikola Andonovski and Kourken Michaelian

    16. Intelligence naturalized, Turing-style Diane Proudfoot

    17. Remarks on Some Varieties of Naturalism Timothy Williamson

    18. Emancipatory Epistemology Quassim Cassam


    Gary N. Kemp has been a member of the Philosophy Department at Glasgow since 1997. He has written on Frege, Wittgenstein, Davidson and Quine, various topics in the Philosophy of Language, and also on Aesthetics, often about Wollheim. In addition to the two volumes edited with Hossein Khani, on Wittgenstein, Wittgenstein and Other Philosophers, Volume I and II (Routledge, forthcoming), he has written two books on Quine: Quine versus Davidson, and Quine’s Philosophy.

    Ali Hossein Khani is Assistant Professor at Iranian Institute of Philosophy. His publications have been mainly on Quine, Davidson, Wittgenstein and Wright. He is the author of a monograph on Kripke, Kripke’s Wittgenstein: Meaning, Rules, and Scepticism (forthcoming), and the co-editor, with Gary N. Kemp, of two volumes on Wittgenstein, Wittgenstein and Other Philosophers, Volume I and II (Routledge, forthcoming).

    Hossein Sheykh Rezaee is an Assistant Professor at the Iranian Institute of Philosophy, the Science Studies Division. He has graduated from Durham University, UK. His fields of interest include the social aspects/construction of science and technology, the fictional and metaphorical aspects of scientific models, and the role of values in science and technology.

    Hassan Amiriara is an Assistant Professor at the Iranian Institute of Philosophy (Tehran). His primary areas of interest include the metaphysics of time and metametaphysics. He has written several papers on these topics in both Persian and English languages.