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Local Naturalism

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Abstract:

I argue that a "local naturalism" can escape the common criticisms of naturalism. Adopting Buchler's pluralism as a metalanguage, it rejects the notion that the validity of a metaphysical analysis of a thing hangs on the valid characterization of the most inclusive order in which it participates (e.g. the Whole or Simples). Given this, naturalism is at least locally true. Nature is then pluralistically conceived, as in British Emergentism, as a family of orders – the physical, material, biological, mental, and cultural – with concepts of reduction and emergence revised by Wimsatt.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: December 1, 2009

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