Passing by the Naturalistic Turn: On Quine's Cul-de-Sac

P.M.S. Hacker a1
a1 St John's College, Oxford

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Naturalism, it has been said, is the distinctive development in philosophy over the last thirty years. There has been a naturalistic turn away from the a priori methods of traditional philosophy to a conception of philosophy as continuous with natural science. The doctrine has been extensively discussed and has won considerable following in the USA. This is, on the whole, not true of Britain and continental Europe, where the pragmatist tradition never took root, and the temptations of scientism in philosophy were less alluring.

(Published Online September 18 2006)