ISBN: 9780262358507 | 278 pp. | August 2020

The Natural Method

Essays on Mind, Ethics, and Self in Honor of Owen Flanagan

Owen Flanagan's work offers a model for how to be a naturalistic and scientifically informed philosopher who writes beautifully and deeply about topics as varied as consciousness and Buddhism, moral psychology and dreaming, identity and addiction, literature and neuroscience. In this volume, leading philosophers—Flanagan's friends, colleagues, and former students—explore themes in his work, focusing on debates over the nature of mind, the self, and morality. Some contributors address Flanagan's work directly; others are inspired by his work or methodology. Their essays are variously penetrating and synoptic, cautious and speculative. 

The contributors offer proposals for productive interdisciplinary research exploring consciousness, personhood, religious cognition, mental disorders, addiction, the narrative self, virtue, the social sciences, forgiveness, and comparative philosophy. The authors share a commitment to virtues exemplified in Flanagan's work—interdisciplinary inquiry, an optimistic temperament, and a willingness to change one's mind.

Table of Contents

  1. Foreword

    Patricia S. Churchland

  2. Introduction

    Eddy Nahmias, Thomas W. Polger, and Wenqing Zhao

  3. 1. Consciousness Reconsidered Reconsidered

    Robert Van Gulick

  4. 2. Domesticating Scrupulosity

    Robert N. McCauley and George Graham

  5. 3. Patients as Experience-Based Experts in Psychiatry: Insights from the Natural Method

    Şerife Tekin

  6. 4. Addiction and Ultimate Concern: Flanagan Paired

    George Graham

  7. 5. On the Use of the Notion of Narrative in Ethics and Psychology

    Galen Strawson

  8. 6. Virtuous Women

    Peggy DesAutels and Jack Bauer

  9. 7. Since Morgenbesser: The Continuing Messiness of the Social Sciences and Some Related Incoherences

    Alasdair MacIntyre

  10. 8. Why Forgiveness Is So Elusive

    Alasdair MacIntyre

  11. 9. Wagging Tails and Riding Elephants: Why Study Non-Western Philosophy?

    Philip J. Ivanhoe

  12. Contributors
  13. Index