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Nature : its conceptual architecture

Author: Louis Caruana
Publisher: Bern, Switzerland : Peter Lang AG, 2014. ©2014
Series: Berner Reihe philosophischer Studien, Bd. 49.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Many philosophers adopt methods that emulate those of the natural sciences. They call such an overall approach naturalism, and consider it indispensable for fruitful philosophical debate in various areas. In spite of this consensus however, little is ever said about how naturalism depends on the underlying idea of nature, which we often endorse unconsciously. If we can determine how naturalism reflects an underlying  Read more...
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Caruana, Louis.
Nature : its conceptual architecture.
Bern, Switzerland : Peter Lang AG, ©2014
332 pages
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Louis Caruana
ISBN: 9783035107623 3035107629 3034315775 9783034315777
OCLC Number: 961579296
Description: 1 online resource (334 pages).
Contents: Cover; Contents; Preface; Introduction; Chapter 1 --
Nature: a short history; 1. The Dynamic view of Nature; 2. The Mechanistic view of Nature; 3. The Romantic view of Nature; 4. The Evolutionary view of Nature; Chapter 2 --
Explaining Nature; 1. Observation; 2. The elements of the logic of explanation; 3. The practice of explanation; 4. Explanation and nature; Chapter 3 --
Causes; 1. Causation detached from nature; 2. The concepts of causation and nature reunited?; 3. Natural causers; 4. Causal pluralism; Chapter 4 --
The Limits of Causation; 1. What is the universe? 2. The cause of the universe3. First objection: randomness; 4. Second objection: infinite regress; 5. Third objection: transcendence; Chapter 5 --
Nature and ordinary language; 1. Ordinary language about the mind; 2. Ontological implications; 3. A new account of the mental; 4. Evaluation; Chapter 6 --
Nature and meaning; 1. The ""Tractatus""; 2. The ""Philosophical Investigations""; 3. Nature and meaning; Chapter 7 --
Levels in Nature; 1. Emergent properties; 2. Habits as emergent properties; 3. Consciousness as an emergent property; 4. Conclusion; Chapter 8 --
Nature, evolution and mind. 1. The evolutionary account of nature revisited2. Biology and culture; 3. Animal Cognition; 4. Mind and language; 5. A synthetic account; Conclusion; Chapter 9 --
Nature, value, and morality; 1. Preliminary remarks on value and right action; 2. Evolutionary ethics; 3. A synthetic approach; Conclusion; Chapter 10 --
Nature and Concepts; 1. Microstucture; 2. ""A priori"" knowledge; 3. Conceptual analysis: two further clarifications; Conclusion; Bibliography; Index.
Series Title: Berner Reihe philosophischer Studien, Bd. 49.
Responsibility: Louis Caruana.

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This book breaks new ground by exploring how naturalism depends on an underlying account of nature. It examines in detail how conceptual, historical, and scientific constraints affect the concept of  Read more...

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