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Responses to Naturalism
Critical Perspectives from Idealism and Pragmatism

ISBN 9781138744745
Published July 30, 2019 by Routledge
330 Pages

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Book Description

This volume offers critical responses to philosophical naturalism from the perspectives of four different yet fundamentally interconnected philosophical traditions: Kantian idealism, Hegelian idealism, British idealism, and American pragmatism. In bringing these rich perspectives into conversation with each other, the book illuminates the distinctive set of metaphilosophical assumptions underpinning each tradition’s conception of the relationship between the human and natural sciences. The individual essays investigate the affinities and the divergences between Kant, Hegel, Collingwood, and the American pragmatists in their responses to philosophical naturalism. The ultimate aim of Responses to Naturalism is to help us understand how human beings can be committed to the idea of scientific progress without renouncing their humanistic explanations of the world. It will appeal to scholars interested in the role idealist and pragmatist perspectives play in contemporary debates about naturalism.

Table of Contents


Paul Giladi

Part I: Idealist Responses to Naturalism

1. Moral Natural Norms: A Kantian Perspective on Some Neo-Aristotelian Arguments

Katerina Deligiorgi

2. Naturalism and the Primacy of the Practical: Kant on the Form of Theoretical and Practical Reason

Johannes Haag

3. The Placement Problem and the Threat of Voyeurism

Paul Giladi

4. The Idealist Challenge to Naturalism

Alexis Papazoglou

5. An Hegelian Actualist Alternative to Naturalism

Paul Redding

6. How to (and not to) Defend the Manifest Image

Giuseppina D’Oro

Part II: Pragmatist Responses to Naturalism

7. From the Experimentalist Disposition to the Absolute: Peirce’s Pragmatic Naturalism

Shannon Dea & Nathan Haydon

8. Common-sense and Naturalism

Mario De Caro

9. Peirce and Methodological Naturalism

Gabriele Gava

10. Picturing: Naturalism and the Design of a More Ideal Truth

Willem A. deVries

11. Rethinking Sellars’s Naturalism

Steven Levine

12. Pragmatic Naturalism: The Authority of Reason, The Agrippan Trilemma, and the Significance of Philosophising in medias res

David Macarthur

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Paul Giladi is Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at Manchester Metropolitan University, an affiliate of the UCD Centre for Ethics in Public Life, and an honorary research fellow at the University of Sheffield. He has published numerous articles in leading philosophical journals and edited collections on Hegel, pragmatism, critical social theory, feminism, and Anglo-American philosophy.