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Freedom, Nature, and World is a collection of essays by Peter Loptson which examine issues posed by a broadly naturalistic view of the world, which Loptson defends while also exploring some of the challenges it confronts. Papers on freedom, Kant, Christianity, Homer, the history of analytic philosophy, the place of humanity in nature, and other topics, are brought together within a synoptically naturalistic purview. All the essays rest on, and in some cases extend, that synoptic perspective, which seeks to encompass both a scientific understanding of humankind in the natural world and the complexities of free rational agency within our cultural and historical settings.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Table of Contents
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-4
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  1. HUMAN NATURE
  2. p. 5
  1. The Mirror's Reflections and the Clockwork Behind Our Smiles: Human Nature, Agency, Spirit, and Mechanism
  2. pp. 7-29
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  1. What Is Human Nature?
  2. pp. 31-41
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  1. METAPHYSICS AND NATURALISM
  2. p. 43
  1. Metaphysics and its Critics
  2. pp. 45-72
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  1. Metaphysics as First Science
  2. pp. 73-86
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  1. The Concept of Naturalism: Some Complications
  2. pp. 87-111
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  1. Naturalism and the Normative
  2. pp. 113-132
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  1. HISTORY OF PHILOSOPHY
  2. p. 133
  1. Science and the History of Analytic Philosophy
  2. pp. 135-160
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  1. Contingency in Early Modern Philosophy
  2. pp. 161-168
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  1. Charles W. Hendel and Hume: A Review and Reconsideration
  2. pp. 169-177
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  1. The Singularity of the Scientific Revolution: Fred Wilson's Defence of the Early Modern Achievement in Philosophy and the Sciences
  2. pp. 179-195
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  1. Enlightenment, the Philosophers, and Race: Some Reconsiderations
  2. pp. 197-223
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  1. Kant, Christianity, and a Kingdom of Ends
  2. pp. 225-256
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  1. HOMERIC TOPICS
  2. p. 257
  1. Philosophical Reflections on Homer
  2. pp. 259-279
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  1. Tradition, History, and Oral Memory in Early Greek Epic
  2. pp. 281-303
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  1. The Other Odysseus, the False Troy, and Oral Tradition
  2. pp. 305-323
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 325-330
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 331-336
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780776617541
Related ISBN
9780776606620
MARC Record
OCLC
609193602
Pages
344
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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