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Publication . Article . 2019

The Many Inadequate Justifications of Methodological Naturalism

Robert Larmer;
Open Access
Published: 01 Feb 2019 Journal: Organon F, volume 26 (issn: 1335-0668, eissn: 2585-7150, Copyright policy )
Publisher: Central Library of the Slovak Academy of Sciences
Abstract

Contrary to proponents’ claims, methodological naturalism is not metaphysically neutral. Consequently, its acceptance as a practice requires justification. Unfortunately for its advocates, attempts to justify it are failures. It cannot be defended as a definition, or a self-imposed limitation, of science, nor, more modestly, as an inductively justified commitment to natural causes. As a practice, it functions not to further scientific investigation, but rather to impose an explanatory straitjacket.

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Microsoft Academic Graph classification: Epistemology Naturalism Philosophy

Library of Congress Subject Headings: lcsh:Philosophy (General) lcsh:B1-5802

Subjects

Philosophy, Ad hominem fallacy, nomological science, historical science, supernatural agency, inductive generalization, Robert Pennock

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