Arguments for naturalism are lacking in the literature.
Rudin told me, “Hnath’s theatrical language looks like naturalism, walks like naturalism, talks like naturalism, but it’s not naturalism.”
Methodological naturalism states that the only authoritative standards are those of science.
Contemporary interest in naturalism stems from Quine, whose naturalism is prominent in his later works.
Naturalism, then, gives us a reason for believing in the entities in our best scientific theories and no other entities.
If the former, we have what Feldman (2012) and others, following Kornblith (1994a: 3–4), refer to as replacement naturalism.
Turning away from methodological naturalism, consider now ontological naturalism, the view that all entities are natural.
Accordingly, many define moral naturalism through the lens of Analytic Naturalism or Epistemic Naturalism.
Scientific naturalism as here defined encompasses only natural science (and likewise for scientific-cum-mathematical naturalism).
Observe that like the previous two arguments, this argument for naturalism in the philosophy of mathematics is an argument for global naturalism.
We can usefully distinguish two broad and important categories: methodological (or M-naturalism) and substantive (or S-naturalism) (Leiter 1998; cf.
And while anti-realists and non-naturalists dispute realism and naturalism, respectively, moral naturalism is a plausible conjunction of two plausible views.
But along with an increase in the popularity of moral non-naturalism, there has been a corresponding increase in the popularity of arguments against non-naturalism.
(Maddy now prefers to call her naturalism ‘Second Philosophy’, as in the title of her 2007 book, but here we maintain the label ‘naturalism’ in keeping with the rest of the entry.)
This ontological S-naturalism may, though need not, go with semantic S-naturalism, according to which a suitable philosophical analysis of any concept must show it to be amenable to empirical inquiry.
This point is of no small importance given the continuing influence of S-naturalism (or at least temperamental affinities to S-naturalism) in the general background framework of post-Enlightenment culture and thought.
The rise of scientific naturalism in the philosophy of mathematics also coincides with a rise in a broader scientific naturalism, also in part attributable to Quine, which sees all philosophy—not just philosophy of mathematics—as taking place within natural science.
This is in contrast to uniform naturalisms in the philosophy of mathematics, for example Quinean scientific naturalism, or Burgessian mathematical-cum-scientific naturalism, or a uniformly mathematical naturalism (also suggested by Maddy (1997) but in our view ultimately not advocated there).
Still, if the argument were to defeat all reductionist forms of naturalism that would be of substantial interest and might well be part of larger argument for non-naturalism when combined with an independent argument against anti-reductionist forms of naturalism (for further discussion, see Ball 1988, Ball 1991 and Baldwin 1990: 87–89).
There are a variety of naturalisms, including: ontological naturalism, which holds that reality contains no supernatural entities; methodological naturalism, which holds that philosophical inquiry should be consistent with scientific method; and moral naturalism, which typically holds that there are moral facts and that such facts are part of the natural world.
- (philosophy) the doctrine that the world can be understood in scientific terms without recourse to spiritual or supernatural explanations
- an artistic movement in 19th century France; artists and writers strove for detailed realistic and factual description
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