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Experimental philosophy 2.0
Thought: A Journal of Philosophy
  • Jennifer Ellen NADO, Lingnan University, Hong Kong
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Journal article
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Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
  • experimental philosophy,
  • intuition,
  • methodology,
  • centrality,
  • metaphilosophy
I recommend three revisions to experimental philosophy's ‘self-image’ which I suggest will enable experimentalist critics of intuition to evade several important objections to the 'negative' strand of the experimental philosophy research project. First, experimentalists should avoid broad criticisms of ‘intuition’ as a whole, instead drawing a variety of conclusions about a variety of much narrower categories of mental state. Second, experimentalists should state said conclusions in terms of epistemic norms particular to philosophical inquiry, rather than attempting to, for example, deny that intuitions produce justified belief. Third, experimentalists should acknowledge the limitations of the ‘method of cases’ model of philosophical inquiry, and expand their experimental work accordingly.
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The work described in this paper was fully supported by a grant fr om the ResearchGrants Council of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, China (Project No.LU 359613).
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Nado, J. (2016). Experimental philosophy 2.0. Thought: A Journal of Philosophy, 5(3), 159-168. doi: 10.1002/tht3.206