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Conceptual Analysis and Philosophical Naturalism

David Braddon-Mitchell and Robert Nola


Many philosophical naturalists eschew analysis in favor of discovering metaphysical truths from the a posteriori, contending that analysis does not lead to philosophical insight. A countercurrent to this approach seeks to reconcile a certain account of conceptual analysis with philosophical naturalism; prominent and influential proponents of this methodology include the late David Lewis, Frank Jackson, Michael Smith, Philip Pettit, and David Armstrong. Naturalistic analysis (sometimes known as the “Canberra Plan” because many of its proponents have been associated with the Australian National ... More

Keywords: philosophical naturalism, metaphysical truths, a posteriori, David Lewis, Frank Jackson, Michael Smith, Philip Pettit, David Armstrong, naturalistic analysis, Canberra Plan

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780262012560
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262012560.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Braddon-Mitchell, editor

Robert Nola, editor