Peculiar Persistence of the Naturalistic Fallacy

Focus section: Isis 105/3 (2014) [link]



"Although 'the naturalistic fallacy' is a term coined in the twentieth-century, scholars have long voiced myriad anxieties over the mechanisms by which their contemporaries have derived moral, social, and political lessons from natural phenomena – often as gambits for advancing their own alternative explanations. The essays in this Focus section explore five episodes in the history of such concerns with naturalistic reasoning in order to shed new light on the persistence of naturalism itself." 



Erika Milam, "Introduction," 564-568. [link]

Brooke Holmes, "Greco-Roman Ethics and the Naturalistic Fallacy," 569-578. [link]

Lorraine Daston, "The Naturalistic Fallacy is Modern," 579-587. [link]

Matthew Stanley, "From Ought to Is: Physics and the Naturalistic Fallacy," 588-595. [link]

Erika Milam, "A Field Study of Con Games," 596-605. [link]

Warwick Anderson, "Getting Ahead of One's Self? The Common Culture of Immunology and Philosophy," 606-616. [link]

Image: France, likely 17th century,  Wellcome Library    L0040386 .

Image: France, likely 17th century, Wellcome Library L0040386.