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Snowdon - Naturalism and Metaphysics
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- Paul Snowdon provided no hand-out, so this is all we’ve got ...
- Is the naturalistic worldview OK? The assumption – a “natural one” – is that naturalism excludes religion – that they are in opposition.
- 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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