Naturalism

[Revised entry by David Papineau on September 15, 2015. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography, notes.html] The term "naturalism" has no very precise meaning in contemporary philosophy. Its current
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[Revised entry by David Papineau on September 15, 2015. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography, notes.html] The term "naturalism" has no very precise meaning in contemporary philosophy. Its current usage derives from debates in America in the first half of the last century. The self-proclaimed "naturalists" from that period included John Dewey, Ernest Nagel, Sidney Hook and Roy Wood Sellars. These philosophers aimed to ally philosophy more closely with science. They urged that reality is exhausted by nature, containing nothing "supernatural", and that the scientific method should be used to investigate all areas of reality, including the "human spirit" (Krikorian 1944;...

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