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Articulating the World: Conceptual Understanding and the Scientific Image

Joseph Rouse


The most difficult challenge for naturalists in philosophy is accounting for scientific understanding of nature as itself a scientifically intelligible natural phenomenon. This book advances naturalism with a novel response to this challenge, drawing upon the philosophy of scientific practice and interdisciplinary science studies, philosophical work on the normativity of conceptual understanding, and new developments in evolutionary biology. The book’s two parts develop complementary, mutually supporting revisions to familiar accounts of conceptual understanding and of Sellars’s “scientific im ... More

Keywords: naturalism, scientific understanding, scientific practice, conceptual normativity, Sellars, scientific image, evolutionary biology, niche construction, space of reasons

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780226293677
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2016 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226293707.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joseph Rouse, author
Wesleyan University