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Naturalism and the First-Person Perspective
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Naturalism and the First-Person Perspective

Lynne Rudder Baker

Abstract

Many versions of naturalism make the ontological claim that science is the exclusive arbiter of reality. A corollary of this claim of naturalism is that reality is completely describable in “scientific language”—language that contains no tenses or indexicals. If any of these versions of naturalism is correct, then putative first-person facts (as expressed by, e.g., “I am LB,” or “I believe that I am tall”) are either reduced to subpersonal facts or eliminated altogether. This book has three main goals: (1) to show that no wholly impersonal account of reality can be adequate, that apparently ... More

Keywords: eliminative naturalism, essentialism, first-person perspective, rudimentary and robust stages naturalization, nonreductive naturalism, ontological naturalism, ontology, property-constitution, reductive naturalism, science

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199914722
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199914722.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lynne Rudder Baker, author
University of Massachusetts Amherst

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