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By Michael C. Rea

Philosophical naturalism, in keeping with which philosophy is continuing with the average sciences, has ruled the Western academy for good over a century, yet Michael Rea claims that it's with out rational origin. Rea argues compellingly to the fantastic end that naturalists are dedicated to rejecting realism approximately fabric gadgets, materialism, and maybe realism approximately different minds.

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1 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2 Typeset by Kolam Information Services, Pvt. vi Acknowledgments Work on this project was supported by a General University Research Grant from the University of Delaware, a grant from the Pew Evangelical Scholars Program, and a fellowship from the Center for Philosophy of Religion at the University of Notre Dame. I thank all of these institutions for their financial support, and I am especially grateful to the Center for Philosophy of Religion for the opportunity to spend an enjoyable and productive semester in residence.

I thank all of these institutions for their financial support, and I am especially grateful to the Center for Philosophy of Religion for the opportunity to spend an enjoyable and productive semester in residence. Thanks also to Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Routledge, and Blackwell Publishers (respectively) for permission to reprint small bits of the Introduction to Material Constitution: A Reader (1997), most of 'Naturalism and Material Objects' (2000), and almost all of 'Theism and Epistemic Truth-Equivalences' (2000) in Chapters 4-6.

Finally, in Section 3, I will provide a brief outline of what is to come. 1. Research Programs Inquiry is a process in which we try to revise our beliefs in some way—by acquiring new ones, discarding old ones, or both. ' But not just any attempt at belief revision counts as a process of inquiry. 1 structure; but hitting yourself on the head with a baseball bat is not, all by itself, an investigative process. True inquiry is a process in which we try to revise our beliefs on the basis of what we take to be evidence.

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