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The Routledge Handbook of Liberal Naturalism

Edited by: Mario De Caro , David Macarthur

Print publication date:  March  2022
Online publication date:  March  2022

Print ISBN: 9780815381822
eBook ISBN: 9781351209472
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781351209472
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The central question of naturalism - the relation of philosophy to science - was one of the defining strands of twentieth-century thought and remains a major source of debate and controversy. Today many argue that philosophy should fold itself into the sciences, especially the natural sciences. Liberal naturalists argue that such scientific naturalism demands reductive and Procrustean conceptions of knowledge and reality. Moreover, many philosophical problems are beyond the scope of the sciences, such as the nature of persons, the normativity of the space of reasons, and how best to understand the peculiar mix of objectivity and subjectivity of ethics and art.





The Routledge Handbook of Liberal Naturalism is the first collection to present a comprehensive overview of liberal naturalism, a philosophical outlook that lies between scientific naturalism and supernaturalism. Comprising 37 chapters by an international team of contributors, it examines important cutting-edge topics including:









  • what is liberal naturalism?


  • is metaphysics a viable project?


  • naturalism in the history of philosophy, including Hume, Dewey, and Quine


  • contemporary liberal naturalists such as P.F. Strawson, John McDowell, Hilary Putnam, and John Rawls


  • related kinds of naturalism, including subject naturalism, common-sense naturalism and biological naturalism


  • the bearing of liberal naturalism on contemporary debates in epistemology, philosophy of mind, ethics and aesthetics.






Essential reading for students and researchers in all areas of philosophy, this volume will be of particular interest for those studying philosophical naturalism, philosophy of science, metaphysics, epistemology, philosophy of mind, ethics and aesthetics.

Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Introduction Download PDF
Chapter  1:  Aristotle on (second) nature, habit and character Download PDF
Chapter  2:  Spinoza and liberal naturalism Download PDF
Chapter  3:  Hume and liberal naturalism Download PDF
Chapter  4:  Kant on nature and humanity Download PDF
Chapter  5:  Nietzsche's naturalism: neither liberal nor illiberal Download PDF
Chapter  6:  Husserlian phenomenology and liberal naturalism Download PDF
Chapter  7:  Merleau-Ponty and liberal naturalism Download PDF
Chapter  8:  Classical pragmatism and liberal naturalism Download PDF
Chapter  9:  Quine's naturalism: neither “reductive” nor “liberal” Download PDF
Chapter  10:  Wilfrid sellars and liberal naturalism Download PDF
Chapter  11:  Philippa Foot's liberal naturalism in ethics Download PDF
Chapter  12:  Bernard Williams's liberal naturalism Download PDF
Chapter  13:  Price's subject naturalism and liberal naturalism Download PDF
Chapter  14:  Relaxed naturalism: a liberating philosophy of nature Download PDF
Chapter  15:  Liberal or radical naturalism? Download PDF
Chapter  16:  Naturalism as a stance Download PDF
Chapter  17:  Liberal naturalism: origins and prospects Download PDF
Chapter  18:  Liberal naturalism and God Download PDF
Chapter  19:  Taylor and liberal naturalism Download PDF
Chapter  20:  Can selves be naturalised? The problem of temporal perspective Download PDF
Chapter  21:  Liberal naturalism, ontological commitment and explanation Download PDF
Chapter  22:  Naturalism with Chinese characteristics Download PDF
Chapter  23:  Liberal naturalism and aesthetics: art up close and personal  Download PDF
Chapter  24:  Liberal Naturalism, Aesthetic Reflection, and the Sublime Download PDF
Chapter  25:  Philosophy of perception and liberal naturalism Download PDF
Chapter  26:  Ethics and liberal naturalism Download PDF
Chapter  27:  Kantian constitutivism and the naturalistic challenge Download PDF
Chapter  28:  The rational wolf. Moral philosophy as key to John McDowell's liberal naturalism Download PDF
Chapter  29:  Rawls and liberal naturalism Download PDF
Chapter  30:  Scientific naturalism and normative explanation Download PDF
Chapter  31:  Scientism and liberal naturalism Download PDF
Chapter  32:  The foundations of psychoanalysis and liberal naturalism: the Freudian unconscious and the manifest image  Download PDF
Chapter  33:  Actualism as a form of liberal naturalism Download PDF
Chapter  34:  Critical naturalism for the human sciences Download PDF
Chapter  35:  Habermas and liberal naturalism Download PDF
Chapter  36:  Strawson and non-revisionary naturalism Download PDF
Chapter  37:  Putnam and liberal naturalism Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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