A Richer or a Poorer Naturalism?
Version of Record online: 7 JAN 2003
1997 the Joint Publication Board of Zygon
Volume 32, Issue 4, pages 593–614, December 1997
How to Cite
Griffin, D. R. (1997), A Richer or a Poorer Naturalism?. Zygon, 32: 593–614. doi: 10.1111/0591-2385.00114
- Issue online: 21 JAN 2004
- Version of Record online: 7 JAN 2003
- Cited By
- common sense;
- science and religion;
- Alfred North Whitehead
Willem Drees endorses not only minimal naturalism, understood as the rejection of supernatural interruptions of the world's normal causal processes, but also maximal naturalism, with its reductionistic materialism. Besides arguing that this reductionistic naturalism provides the best framework for interpreting science, he believes that it is compatible with religion (albeit of a minimalist sort). The “richer” naturalism advocated by Whiteheadians is, accordingly, unnecessary. Drees's position, however, cannot do justice to a number of “hard-core commonsense notions,” which we inevitably presuppose in practice and thereby in science as well as religion. His naturalism is too poor, in particular, to account for subjectivity, freedom, and mathematical, religious, and moral experience.