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THE PAST AND FUTURE OF EXPERIMENTAL PHILOSOPHY

THE PAST AND FUTURE OF EXPERIMENTAL PHILOSOPHY Experimental philosophy is the name for a recent movement whose participants use the methods of experimental psychology to probe the way people think about philosophical issues and then examine how the results of such studies bear on traditional philosophical debates. Given both the breadth of the research being carried out by experimental philosophers and the controversial nature of some of their central methodological assumptions, it is of no surprise that their work has recently come under attack. In this paper we respond to some criticisms of experimental philosophy that have recently been put forward by Antti Kauppinen. Unlike the critics of experimental philosophy, we do not think the fledgling movement either will or should fall before it has even had a chance to rise up to explain what it is, what it seeks to do (and not to do), and exactly how it plans to do it. Filling in some of the salient details is the main goal of the present paper. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Philosophical Explorations Taylor & Francis

THE PAST AND FUTURE OF EXPERIMENTAL PHILOSOPHY

Philosophical Explorations , Volume 10 (2): 27 – Jun 1, 2007
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1741-5918
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1386-9795
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10.1080/13869790701305921
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Abstract

Experimental philosophy is the name for a recent movement whose participants use the methods of experimental psychology to probe the way people think about philosophical issues and then examine how the results of such studies bear on traditional philosophical debates. Given both the breadth of the research being carried out by experimental philosophers and the controversial nature of some of their central methodological assumptions, it is of no surprise that their work has recently come under attack. In this paper we respond to some criticisms of experimental philosophy that have recently been put forward by Antti Kauppinen. Unlike the critics of experimental philosophy, we do not think the fledgling movement either will or should fall before it has even had a chance to rise up to explain what it is, what it seeks to do (and not to do), and exactly how it plans to do it. Filling in some of the salient details is the main goal of the present paper.

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Philosophical ExplorationsTaylor & Francis

Published: Jun 1, 2007

Keywords: experimental philosophy; conceptual analysis; meta-philosophy; folk intuitions

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