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date: 04 March 2021

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Methodological naturalism is the claim that there is no need to invoke the supernatural, including God or gods, in giving scientific explanations. Metaphysical naturalism is the claim that there is no supernatural, including God or gods. Does methodological naturalism entail metaphysical naturalism? Many seem to think that it does, in practice if not in principle. This essay questions this assumption.

Keywords: methodological naturalism, metaphysical naturalism, David Hume, metaphor, mechanism

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