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The A Priori in Philosophy$
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Albert Casullo and Joshua C. Thurow

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199695331

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199695331.001.0001

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Naturalistic Challenges to the A Priori *

Naturalistic Challenges to the A Priori *

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(p.274) 12 Naturalistic Challenges to the A Priori*
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The A Priori in Philosophy
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C. S. I. Jenkins

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199695331.003.0013

This chapter considers and responds to various ‘naturalistic’ challenges to the a priori. Two are challenges to the very existence of the a priori; one of these is due to—or at least developed from—Quine and the other is due to Maddy. A third challenge, due to Papineau, is not to the existence of the a priori but to its significance in philosophy. En route to the discussion of these challenges, this chapter begins by clarifying that the word ‘naturalism’ is used for a wide variety of different theses (and other things), and offers the beginnings of a structure for classifying these which is put to use in the remainder of the chapter.

Keywords:   naturalism, a priori, quine, maddy, papineau

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