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Second Philosophy: A Naturalistic Method

Penelope Maddy

Abstract

Many philosophers these days consider themselves naturalists, but it's doubtful any two of them intend the same position by the term. This book describes and practices a particularly austere form of naturalism called ‘Second Philosophy’. Without a definitive criterion for what counts as ‘science’ and what doesn't, Second Philosophy can't be specified directly — ‘trust only the methods of science!’ or some such thing — so the book proceeds instead by illustrating the behaviors of an idealized inquirer called here the ‘Second Philosopher’. This Second Philosopher begins from perceptual common se ... More

Keywords: naturalism, philosophy of logic, philosophy of mathematics, metaphysics naturalized, second philosophy, scepticism, truth and reference

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780199273669
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199273669.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Penelope Maddy, author
University of California, Irvine
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