What’s the Difference between Methodological Naturalism & Metaphysical Naturalism?
Posted: 01 November 2010 11:40 PM   [ Ignore ]
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What’s the difference between methodological naturalism and metaphysical naturalism?

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Posted: 02 November 2010 03:47 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Methodological naturalism is basically assuming that naturalism is true in your method for finding out about the world. That is, when you do your investigations, you look preferentially towards explanations that involve natural (as opposed to supernatural) causes.

Metaphysical naturalism is the claim that the universe is naturalist in its basic structure. That is, it is the claim that nothing supernatural exists.

Clearly, a metaphysical naturalist will also be a methodological naturalist, though the reverse is not necessarily the case. Theistic scientists may well be methodological naturalists while believing in all sorts of woo on the side about souls, saints, angels and God.

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Posted: 14 November 2010 07:31 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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An article on ‘Naturalism’ from the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy:

http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/naturalism/

What posters here have called metaphysical naturalism is in the article ontological naturalism.

I do not understand the article when it says that naturalism has implications in specific sciences, however. There is still a quite large chunk of scientists, especially in astronomy, physics and chemistry, who are non-naturalists, even theists, yet make no non-naturalist claims in their sciences and would be puzzled to be told it must influence their work.

An interesting book on this is Jastrow’s *God and the Astronomers*.

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Posted: 14 November 2010 10:09 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Yeah, I suppose that generally speaking when people talk about ‘metaphysical naturalism’ they mean ‘ontological naturalism’, since the topic is really one that centers around ontology. (= what kinds of objects are claimed to exist).

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Posted: 15 November 2010 11:54 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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Metaphysical naturalism and ontological naturalism are the same thing.

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Posted: 24 January 2015 09:11 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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http://twometaphysicalnaturalisms.weebly.com/

See our weblink on the new release, Two Metaphysical Naturalisms, Aristotle and Justus Buchler. See Randall’s Aristotle for more on the tenets of Aristotelianism

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