Philosophical Naturalism and Empirical Approaches to Philosophy

In Marcus Rossberg (ed.), The Cambridge Handbook of Analytic Philosophy. Cambridge University Press (forthcoming)
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This chapter examines the influence of the empirical sciences (e.g., physics, biology, psychology) in contemporary analytic philosophy, with focus on philosophical theories that are guided by findings from the empirical sciences. Scientific approaches to philosophy follow a tradition of philosophical naturalism associated with Quine, which strives to ally philosophical methods and theories more closely with the empirical sciences and away from a priori theorizing and conceptual analysis.

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