A companion to naturalism by Kelly James Clark

By Kelly James Clark

"Since the flip of the twenty-first century, naturalism has turn into some of the most widespread philosophical orthodoxies within the Western academy. but naturalism is extra usually assumed than defended. The Blackwell spouse to Naturalism bargains a scientific advent that defines, discusses and defends philosophical naturalism. Essays take on naturalism's function in current cultural conversations, from Libertarianism to Read more...

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This has generally positive moral and political consequences. And this is all consistent with deploying our critical capacities in judging the quality and worth of alternative ways of being. Attunement to contingency, plural values, and the vast array of possible human lives and personalities opens the way for use of important and underutilized human capacities: capacities for critical reflection, for seeking deep understanding of alternative ways of being and living, and for deploying our agentic capacities to modify ourselves by engaging in identity experimentation and meaning location within the vast space of possibilities that have been and are being tried by our fellows.

The story that our universe originated in a Big Bang 13 or 14 billion years ago was always somewhat mysterious. How did the singularity that banged get there? Some will say that there was “no there” then. Well, there was no “then” either because space and time as we know them only came into being when the “thing that wasn’t quite there then” banged. Many sensible people have found this explanation less than satisfying. As we’ve said, more than 90% of Americans believe that a supernatural force, indeed a personal God, created the universe.

And this is all consistent with deploying our critical capacities in judging the quality and worth of alternative ways of being. Attunement to contingency, plural values, and the vast array of possible human lives and personalities opens the way for use of important and underutilized human capacities: capacities for critical reflection, for seeking deep understanding of alternative ways of being and living, and for deploying our agentic capacities to modify ourselves by engaging in identity experimentation and meaning location within the vast space of possibilities that have been and are being tried by our fellows.

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