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Pragmatic Naturalism & Realism Hardcover – February 1, 2003
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Pragmatic naturalism, like all varieties of pragmatism, steers clear of the extreme intellectualism too often found in philosophy. Pragmatic naturalists stress that genuine inquiry must be conducted in a consistently empirical manner and be responsive to real human problems. They also contend that the sciences and their methodologies are superior to other modes of inquiry into the human condition. Despite the curious fact that pragmatism is often taken to be opposed to realism, the essays in this volume assert the interdependence of pragmatism with some type of realistic metaphysical stance. The authors advance the debate between realism and antirealism by uncovering and investigating deep assumptions running through recent Anglo-American philosophy.
These stimulating essays on pragmatism will prove to be essential for philosophers as well as scholars in the natural and social sciences.