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Second Philosophy: A Naturalistic Method

Penelope Maddy


Many philosophers these days consider themselves naturalists, but it's doubtful any two of them intend the same position by the term. This book describes and practices a particularly austere form of naturalism called ‘Second Philosophy’. Without a definitive criterion for what counts as ‘science’ and what doesn't, Second Philosophy can't be specified directly — ‘trust only the methods of science!’ or some such thing — so the book proceeds instead by illustrating the behaviors of an idealized inquirer called here the ‘Second Philosopher’. This Second Philosopher begins from perceptual common se ... More

Keywords: naturalism, philosophy of logic, philosophy of mathematics, metaphysics naturalized, second philosophy, scepticism, truth and reference

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780199273669
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199273669.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Penelope Maddy, author
University of California, Irvine
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