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Organon F

Volume 26, February 2019, Issue 1, Pages 5–24

ISSN 2585-7150 (online) ISSN 1335-0668 (print)

Research Article | Special issue on Causality, Free Will, and Divine Action

The Many Inadequate Justifications of Methodological Naturalism

Robert A. Larmer

https://doi.org/10.31577/orgf.2019.26102

Abstract

Contrary to proponents’ claims, methodological naturalism is not metaphysically neutral. Consequently, its acceptance as a practice requires justification. Unfortunately for its advocates, attempts to justify it are failures. It cannot be defended as a definition, or a self-imposed limitation, of science, nor, more modestly, as an inductively justified commitment to natural causes. As a practice, it functions not to further scientific investigation, but rather to impose an explanatory straitjacket.

Keywords

Ad hominem fallacy; nomological science; historical science; supernatural agency; inductive generalization; Robert Pennock.

Author(s) and affiliation(s)

Author

Robert A. Larmer

Affiliation

University of New Brunswick

Address

Department of Philosophy, University of New Brunswick, 19 Macaulay Lane, Carleton Hall 211, Fredericton NB, E3B 5A3, Canada

E-mail

rlarmer@unb.ca

About this article

Received

24 May 2018

Accepted

4 September 2018

Published online

22 January 2019

Publishers

Institute of Philosophy of the Slovak Academy of Sciences

Institute of Philosophy of the Czech Academy of Sciences

Cite as

APA

Larmer, R. A. (2019). The Many Inadequate Justifications of Methodological Naturalism. Organon F, 26(1), 5–24. https://doi.org/10.31577/orgf.2019.26102

Chicago

Larmer, Robert A. 2019. "The Many Inadequate Justifications of Methodological Naturalism." Organon F 26 (1): 5–24. https://doi.org/10.31577/orgf.2019.26102

Harvard

Larmer, R. A. (2019). The Many Inadequate Justifications of Methodological Naturalism. Organon F, 26(1), pp. 5–24. https://doi.org/10.31577/orgf.2019.26102

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© Robert A. Larmer

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