Article ID: CBB001252228

The Role of Metaphysical Naturalism in Science (2012)


Mahner, Martin (Author)

Science and Education
Volume: 21, no. 10
Issue: 10
Pages: 1437-1459

Publication Date: 2012
Edition Details: Part of a special issue, “Mario Bunge: Evaluations of His Systematic Philosophy”
Language: English

This paper defends the view that metaphysical naturalism is a constitutive ontological principle of science in that the general empirical methods of science, such as observation, measurement and experiment, and thus the very production of empirical evidence, presuppose a no-supernature principle. It examines the consequences of metaphysical naturalism for the testability of supernatural claims, and it argues that explanations involving supernatural entities are pseudo-explanatory due to the many semantic and ontological problems of supernatural concepts. The paper also addresses the controversy about metaphysical versus methodological naturalism.

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Authors & Contributors
Matthews, Michael R.
Ross, Don
Spurrett, David
Ruper, Stefani
Taylor, Michael W.
Agassi, Joseph
Science and Education
British Journal for the Philosophy of Science
Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science
Endeavour: Review of the Progress of Science
Oxford University Press
Philosophy of science
Naturalism (philosophy)
Quantum mechanics
Bunge, Mario
Russell, Bertrand Arthur William
Spencer, Herbert
Beck, Guido
Hilbert, David
Kant, Immanuel
Time Periods
20th century
20th century, late
21st century
20th century, early
17th century
Early modern
Latin America

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