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Two Origin Stories for Experimental Philosophy

Sytsma, Justin (2017) Two Origin Stories for Experimental Philosophy. [Preprint]

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Both advocates and critics of experimental philosophy often describe it in narrow terms as being the empirical study of people’s intuitions about philosophical cases. This conception corresponds with a narrow origin story for the field—it grew out of a dissatisfaction with the uncritical use of philosophers’ own intuitions as evidence for philosophical claims. In contrast, a growing number of experimental philosophers have explicitly embraced a broad conception of the sub-discipline, which treats it as simply the use of empirical methods to inform philosophical problems. And this conception has a corresponding broad origin story—the field grew out of a recognition that philosophers often make empirical claims and that empirical claims call for empirical support. In this paper, I argue that the broad conception should be accepted, offering support for the broad origin story.


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Sytsma, Justin
Additional Information: Forthcoming in a special issue of teorema on experimental philosophy.
Keywords: Experimental Philosophy, Narrow Conception, Broad Conception
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science
Depositing User: Justin Sytsma
Date Deposited: 11 Jan 2017 15:25
Last Modified: 11 Jan 2017 15:25
Item ID: 12743
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science
Date: 11 January 2017
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/12743

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