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Naturalism and Normativity


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These essays present today's state-of-the-art philosophical reflection on 'world and mind,' 'truth,' and 'normativity.' -- Alessandro Ferrara, University of Rome "Tor Vergata"

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Introduction: Science, Naturalism, and the Problem of Normativity, by Mario De Caro and David Macarthur Part I. Conceptual and Historical Background 1.The Wider Significance of Naturalism: A Genealogical Essay, by Akeel Bilgrami 2. Naturalism and Quietism, by Richard Rorty 3. Is Liberal Naturalism Possible?, by Mario De Caro and Alberto Voltolini Part II. Philosophy and the Natural Sciences 4. Science and Philosophy, by Hilary Putnam 5. Why Scientific Realism May Invite Relativism, by Carol Rovane Part III. Philosophy and the Human Sciences 6. Taking the Human Sciences Seriously, by David Macarthur 7. Reasons and Causes Revisited, by Peter Menzies Part IV. Meta-ethics and Normativity 8. Metaphysics and Morals, by T. M. Scanlon 9. The Naturalist Gap in Ethics, by Erin I. Kelly and Lionel K. McPherson 10. Phenomenology and the Normativity of Practical Reason, by Stephen L. White Part V. Epistemology and Normativity 11. Truth as Convenient Friction, by Huw Price 12. Exchange on "Truth as Convenient Friction", by Richard Rorty and Huw Price 13. Two Directions for Analytic Kantianism: Naturalism and Idealism, by Paul Redding Part VI. Naturalism and Human Nature 14. How to be Naturalistic Without Being Simplistic in the Study of Human Nature, by John Dupre 15. Dewey, Continuity, and McDowell, by Peter Godfrey-Smith 16. Wittgenstein and Naturalism, by Marie McGinn List of Contributors Index

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Mario De Caro is associate professor of moral philosophy at University of Rome 3. He was a Fulbright Fellow at Harvard University and has taught at Tufts University. He has edited several anthologies, including, with David Macarthur, Philosophy in an Age of Science, two new volumes of essays by Hilary Putnam. David Macarthur is senior lecturer in philosophy at the University of Sydney. He has published articles on skepticism, naturalism, neopragmatism, and Wittgenstein in leading journals, and, with Mario De Caro, is the editor of Naturalism in Question.


There is, in sum, much food for thought in De Caro and Macarthur's latest offering, and many of the papers will no doubt figure prominently in future discussions of the scope and limits of naturalism -- Jonathan Knowles Philosophy in Review A valuable 'contribution to a fruitful controversy' and will help shape how the relation between naturalism and normativity can be understood and developed. -- Benedict Smith Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews

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