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World Without Design: The Ontological Consequences of Naturalism

Michael C. Rea


Philosophical naturalism has dominated the Western academy for well over a century. However, there is an important sense in which naturalism's status as orthodoxy is without rational foundation. Furthermore, the costs of embracing it are surprisingly high. The goal of this book is to defend these two claims, with special attention to the second. The first part of the book aims to provide a fair and historically informed characterization of naturalism. The second part argues for the striking thesis that naturalists are committed to rejecting realism about material objects, materialism, and perh ... More

Keywords: constructivism, design, dualism, intuition, intuitionism, material objects, naturalism, ontology, realism, supernaturalism

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Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780199247608
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2005 DOI:10.1093/0199247609.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael C. Rea, author
Associate Professor of Philosophy, University of Notre Dame
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