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Frog Pond PhilosophyEssays on the Relationship Between Humans and Nature$
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Strachan Donnelley, Ceara Donnelley, and Bruce Jennings

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780813167275

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813167275.001.0001

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What Philosophic Cosmology Can Teach Us

What Philosophic Cosmology Can Teach Us

(p.119) 15 What Philosophic Cosmology Can Teach Us
Frog Pond Philosophy

Strachan Donnelley

, Ceara Donnelley, Bruce Jennings
University Press of Kentucky

This chapter introduces the fourth and most philosophical section of the book, which offers a history of the development of cosmology or natural philosophy primarily in the work of Spinoza, Whitehead, Jonas, and Mayr. The aim is to clarify an ecological alternative to the dominant contemporary legacy of Cartesian dualism and mechanistic materialism. In addition to providing a prelude to the history and synthesis offered in following chapters, this chapter also addresses the important question of the relationship between natural philosophy and ethics.

Keywords:   Descartes, Spinoza, Alfred North Whitehead, Hans Jonas, Ernst Mayr, Cartesian dualism, mechanistic materialism

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