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Naturalism in Question (Paperback): Mario De Caro, David Macarthur Naturalism in Question (Paperback)
Mario De Caro, David Macarthur
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Today the majority of philosophers in the English-speaking world adhere to the "naturalist" credos that philosophy is continuous with science, and that the natural sciences provide a complete account of all that exists--whether human or nonhuman. The new faith says science, not man, is the measure of all things. However, there is a growing skepticism about the adequacy of this complacent orthodoxy. This volume presents a group of leading thinkers who criticize scientific naturalism not in the name of some form of supernaturalism, but in order to defend a more inclusive or liberal naturalism.

The many prominent Anglo-American philosophers appearing in this book--Akeel Bilgrami, Stanley Cavell, Donald Davidson, John Dupre, Jennifer Hornsby, Erin Kelly, John McDowell, Huw Price, Hilary Putnam, Carol Rovane, Barry Stroud, and Stephen White--do not march in lockstep, yet their contributions demonstrate mutual affinities and various unifying themes. Instead of attempting to force human nature into a restricted scientific image of the world, these papers represent an attempt to place human nature at the center of renewed--but still scientifically respectful--conceptions of philosophy and nature.

Philosophy in an Age of Science - Physics, Mathematics, and Skepticism (Hardcover): Hilary Putnam Philosophy in an Age of Science - Physics, Mathematics, and Skepticism (Hardcover)
Hilary Putnam; Edited by Mario De Caro, David Macarthur
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Hilary Putnam's unceasing self-criticism has led to the frequent changes of mind he is famous for, but his thinking is also marked by considerable continuity. A simultaneous interest in science and ethics-unusual in the current climate of contention-has long characterized his thought. In Philosophy in an Age of Science, Putnam collects his papers for publication-his first volume in almost two decades. Mario De Caro and David Macarthur's introduction identifies central themes to help the reader negotiate between Putnam past and Putnam present: his critique of logical positivism; his enduring aspiration to be realist about rational normativity; his anti-essentialism about a range of central philosophical notions; his reconciliation of the scientific worldview and the humanistic tradition; and his movement from reductive scientific naturalism to liberal naturalism. Putnam returns here to some of his first enthusiasms in philosophy, such as logic, mathematics, and quantum mechanics. The reader is given a glimpse, too, of ideas currently in development on the subject of perception. Putnam's work, contributing to a broad range of philosophical inquiry, has been said to represent a "history of recent philosophy in outline." Here it also delineates a possible future.

Naturalism and Normativity (Paperback): Mario De Caro, David Macarthur Naturalism and Normativity (Paperback)
Mario De Caro, David Macarthur
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Normativity concerns what we ought to think or do and the evaluations we make. For example, we say that we ought to think consistently, we ought to keep our promises, or that Mozart is a better composer than Salieri. Yet what philosophical moral can we draw from the apparent absence of normativity in the scientific image of the world? For scientific naturalists, the moral is that the normative must be reduced to the nonnormative, while for nonnaturalists, the moral is that there must be a transcendent realm of norms. Naturalism and Normativity engages with both sides of this debate. Essays explore philosophical options for understanding normativity in the space between scientific naturalism and Platonic supernaturalism. They articulate a liberal conception of philosophy that is neither reducible to the sciences nor completely independent of them--yet one that maintains the right to call itself naturalism. Contributors think in new ways about the relations among the scientific worldview, our experience of norms and values, and our movements in the space of reason. Detailed discussions include the relationship between philosophy and science, physicalism and ontological pluralism, the realm of the ordinary, objectivity and subjectivity, truth and justification, and the liberal naturalisms of Donald Davidson, John Dewey, John McDowell, and Ludwig Wittgenstein.

Naturalism and Normativity (Hardcover, New): Mario De Caro, David Macarthur Naturalism and Normativity (Hardcover, New)
Mario De Caro, David Macarthur
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Normativity concerns what we ought to think or do and the evaluations we make. For example, we say that we ought to think consistently, we ought to keep our promises, or that Mozart is a better composer than Salieri. Yet what philosophical moral can we draw from the apparent absence of normativity in the scientific image of the world? For scientific naturalists, the moral is that the normative must be reduced to the nonnormative, while for nonnaturalists, the moral is that there must be a transcendent realm of norms.

"Naturalism and Normativity" engages with both sides of this debate. Essays explore philosophical options for understanding normativity in the space between scientific naturalism and Platonic supernaturalism. They articulate a liberal conception of philosophy that is neither reducible to the sciences nor completely independent of them--yet one that maintains the right to call itself naturalism. Contributors think in new ways about the relations among the scientific worldview, our experience of norms and values, and our movements in the space of reason. Detailed discussions include the relationship between philosophy and science, physicalism and ontological pluralism, the realm of the ordinary, objectivity and subjectivity, truth and justification, and the liberal naturalisms of Donald Davidson, John Dewey, John McDowell, and Ludwig Wittgenstein.

Pragmatism as a Way of Life - The Lasting Legacy of William James and John Dewey (Hardcover): Hilary Putnam, Ruth Anna Putnam Pragmatism as a Way of Life - The Lasting Legacy of William James and John Dewey (Hardcover)
Hilary Putnam, Ruth Anna Putnam; Edited by David Macarthur
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Throughout his diverse and highly influential career, Hilary Putnam was famous for changing his mind. As a pragmatist he treated philosophical "positions" as experiments in deliberate living. His aim was not to fix on one position but to attempt to do justice to the depth and complexity of reality. In this new collection, he and Ruth Anna Putnam argue that key elements of the classical pragmatism of William James and John Dewey provide a framework for the most progressive and forward-looking forms of philosophy in contemporary thought. The Putnams present a compelling defense of the radical originality of the philosophical ideas of James and Dewey and their usefulness in confronting the urgent social, political, and moral problems of the twenty-first century.Pragmatism as a Way of Life brings together almost all of the Putnams' pragmatist writings--essays they wrote as individuals and as coauthors. The pragmatism they endorse, though respectful of the sciences, is an open experience-based philosophy of our everyday lives that trenchantly criticizes the fact/value dualism running through contemporary culture. Hilary Putnam argues that all facts are dependent on cognitive values, while Ruth Anna Putnam turns the problem around, illuminating the factual basis of moral principles. Together, they offer a shared vision which, in Hilary's words, "could serve as a manifesto for what the two of us would like philosophy to look like in the twenty-first century and beyond."

Your Spiritual Heart - Access the Wisdom That Manifests Your Heart's Desires (Paperback): David McArthur Your Spiritual Heart - Access the Wisdom That Manifests Your Heart's Desires (Paperback)
David McArthur
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The What Does Series - Pre-School to Grade 2 Children's Coloring Book - Learn to Read, Pre-School to Grade 2... The What Does Series - Pre-School to Grade 2 Children's Coloring Book - Learn to Read, Pre-School to Grade 2 Children's Coloring Book (Paperback)
MR David McArthur; Illustrated by MS Clara Spinassi, David McArthur
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What Does a Bee Do? (Paperback): MR David McArthur What Does a Bee Do? (Paperback)
MR David McArthur; Illustrated by Clara Spinassi
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What Does a Fairy Godmother Do? (Paperback): MR David McArthur What Does a Fairy Godmother Do? (Paperback)
MR David McArthur; Illustrated by MS Clara Spinassi
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What Does a Doctor Do? (Paperback): MR David McArthur What Does a Doctor Do? (Paperback)
MR David McArthur
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The Intelligent Heart - Transform Your Life with the Laws of Love (Paperback, 2nd ed.): David McArthur, Bruce McArthur The Intelligent Heart - Transform Your Life with the Laws of Love (Paperback, 2nd ed.)
David McArthur, Bruce McArthur
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