Reflections on Naturalism

  • José Ignacio Galparsoro
  • Alberto Cordero

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Alberto Cordero, José Ignacio Galparsoro
    Pages 1-14
  3. José Ignacio Galparsoro
    Pages 15-31
  4. Pablo Quintanilla
    Pages 33-42
  5. Jesse Prinz
    Pages 43-59
  6. Alberto Cordero
    Pages 61-84
  7. Steven French
    Pages 85-104
  8. Nicanor Ursua
    Pages 129-149

About this book


To naturalists, there is no such thing as complete justification for any claim, and so requiring complete warrant for naturalist proposals is an unreasonable request. The proper guideline for naturalist proposals seems thus clear: develop it using the methods of science; if this leads to a fruitful stance, then explicate and reassess. The resulting offer will exhibit virtuous circularity if its explanatory feedback loop involves critical reassessment as the explanations it encompasses play out. So viewed, naturalism is a philosophical perspective that seeks to unite in a virtuous circle the natural sciences and non-foundationalist, broadly-based empiricism. Other common lines of antinaturalist complaint are that naturalization efforts seem fruitful only in some areas, also that several endeavors outside the sciences serve as sources of knowledge into human life and the human condition, especially in areas where science does not reach terribly far as yet. It seems hard not to grant some truth to many allegories from literature, art and some religions. Naturalism has room for knowledge gathered outside science, provided the imported claims satisfy also by naturalistic methods. Naturalism and the debate about its scope and limits thrive on discrepancy. We hope that, collectively, the selected essays that follow will give a fair view of the vitality and tribulations of naturalism as a variegated contemporary philosophical perspective.


Epistemology Metaphysics Philosophy Scientific Realism. Naturalism

Editors and affiliations

  • José Ignacio Galparsoro
    • 1
  • Alberto Cordero
    • 2
  1. 1.University of the Basque CountrySpain
  2. 2.City University of New YorkUSA

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