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Snowdon - Naturalism and Metaphysics

(Text as at 18/06/2010 19:24:58)

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  1. Paul Snowdon provided no hand-out, so this is all we’ve got ...
  2. Is the naturalistic worldview OK? The assumption – a “natural one” – is that naturalism excludes religion – that they are in opposition.
  3. So, what is naturalism?
    • It’s an “ism”. There are lots of “Ism’s” in philosophy. It’s useful to have a name, but we need a shared understanding.
    • Platonism appeared last – and the most despised – on the list of “isms”.
    • So, naturalism (according to the “motivating blurb”) involves:-
      1). Rejection of the supernatural,
      2). Rejection of the spooky,
      3). The over-extension of the scope of science, going beyond science’s proper place.
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21/06/2010 09:37:26 5035 Snowdon - Naturalism and Metaphysics
20/06/2010 23:57:07 5023 Snowdon - Naturalism and Metaphysics
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20/06/2010 14:05:17 6848 Snowdon - Naturalism and Metaphysics
19/06/2010 21:56:10 4103 Snowdon - Naturalism and Metaphysics
18/06/2010 19:59:31 1537 Snowdon - Naturalism and Metaphysics



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