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Title: Feyerabend on Naturalism, Pluralism, and the Foundations of Philosophy
Author(s): SHAW, Jamie
Journal: Logique et Analyse
Volume: 256    Date: 2021   
Pages: 467-486
DOI: 10.2143/LEA.256.0.3290354

Abstract :
In Feyerabend’s early works, some of which remain unpublished, he solidifies his commitment to a meta-philosophical naturalism. This naturalism remains the unspoken backbone of Feyerabend’s mature works, though he only gradually realizes its implications for the study of scientific methodology. The purpose of this paper is to uncover the roots of Feyerabend’s naturalism and the implications he draws from them in his mature works. I argue that Feyerabend defended multiple versions of naturalism simultaneously. Moreover, these distinct formulations of naturalism appear to be in tension with one another. Alongside this, I contrast Feyerabend’s naturalism with Quine’s formulation. In addition, I offer some critical remarks that suggest that his naturalism faces the same challenges that plague all known formulations of naturalism.

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