Review of Metaphysics 68 (3):487-520 (2015)

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Edward Halper
University of Georgia
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This paper explores two issues: how our thought about nature could reflect natural processes, and how our thoughts about nature are connected with each other. It argues, first, that the standard ways philosophers try to make sense of the notion that thought is separate from nature cannot be made intelligible and, second, that the conceptual schemes used to grasp nature fall broadly into two groups each of which presupposes the other, even though the two are incompatible. Although these conclusions pose obstacles to the rationality of nature, the paper concludes by arguing for some significant degree of rationality of nature and explaining what this means for science. In brief, our ability to have an experience of nature and, especially, to connect disparate features of that experience with each other presupposes some intrinsic connections within nature itself, even if these are inaccessible to us
Keywords Catholic Tradition  Contemporary Philosophy  General Interest
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