Précis of Philosophy without intuitions
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Philosophy without intuitions (hereafter, ‘PWI’) is in many ways a simple book. It has a simple guiding question:
The central thesis of the book is also simple: the answer to GQ is ‘ No’. A corollary is that all the work that assumes a positive answer, e.g. experimental philosophy and what I call ‘methodological rationalism’, is based on a false assumption.
Guiding Question (GQ). Is it characteristic of philosophers that they rely on intuitions as evidence?
For those familiar with the last 30 years of metaphilosophical debates, it should be easy to see the importance of the answer to GQ. A shared assumption among practically all participants in those debates is that the answer to GQ is ‘Yes’ (I call that thesis ‘Centrality’). However, no one has ever presented a detailed case for Centrality. I mean this literally: not even a page is devoted to setting out a careful case for a positive answer—it’s just assumed that the answer is ‘Yes’. 1This is a bizarre state of affairs. If someone...
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