In Closing

Judith Walker, Tom Flynn

We would like to thank all of our contributors to this feature for their assistance, most especially our Honorary Chair, Daniel C. Dennett.

This three-part feature has examined the links between secular humanism and philosophy, along with the future of academic philosophy in the United States, from a rich variety of viewpoints. Actually, “rich variety" is an understatement; some contributors to this feature have argued that secular humanism is not necessarily connected with naturalism or that we must guard against embracing naturalism too tightly lest we tumble into the abyss of scientism. Yet others probed the distinction between methodological naturalism and its more ambitious sibling, philosophical naturalism, contending that naturalism’s more muscular form best suits the secular humanist agenda. Still others shed light on ways in which philosophers and scientists can work together, each discipline exploiting its distinctive strengths to enhance the growth of knowledge while equipping us to guard against all-too-human error.

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