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Articulating the WorldConceptual Understanding and the Scientific Image$
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Joseph Rouse

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780226293677

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226293707.001.0001

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Naturalism and the Contingency of the Space of Reasons

(p.377) Epilogue
Articulating the World

Joseph Rouse

University of Chicago Press

Nietzsche’s suggestion that with the emergence and eventual demise of the human intellect, “nothing will have happened”, makes vivid a worry raised by naturalistic accounts of human conceptual capacities. Many naturalistically inclined thinkers still maintain a vestigial loyalty to transcendent notions of rationality or conceptual normativity, to avert the worry that scientific naturalism would self-defeatingly undermine the significance of scientific understanding. The epilogue argues that neither the evolutionary contingency of our conceptually articulated space of reasons nor the historical contingency of scientific understanding undermines the authority or significance of the “scientific image” as re-conceived in the book. Naturalism does not require transcendent conceptions of reason or science, but can account for their normativity from within our biologically and historically evolving way of life.

Keywords:   Nietzsche, contingency, evolution, space of reasons, scientific understanding, scientific significance, rationality, conceptual normativity

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