Rethinking the scope of experimental philosophy
Eugen Fischer and John Collins have brought together an impressive, and important, series of essays concerning the methodological debates between rationalists and naturalists, and how these debates have been impacted by work in experimental philosophy. The work at issue concerns the evidential value of intuitions, and as such is only a small part of the experimental philosophy corpus as I understand it. In fact, Fischer and Collins define experimental philosophy in this narrow sense in their introduction. On their view, experimental philosophy “builds on the assumption that, for better or worse, intuitions are crucially involved in philosophical work” (3). The parenthetical serves to emphasize that such work could either be pursued from a positive perspective aiming to vindicate the use of intuitions in philosophy or from a negativeperspective aiming to undermine that use. Noting these two perspectives, it might then seem that experimental philosophy is neutral with regard to...
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