Experimental Philosophy, Rationalism, and Naturalism: Rethinking Philosophical Method

2016.01.10 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Eugen Fischer and John Collins (eds.), Experimental Philosophy, Rationalism, and Naturalism: Rethinking Philosophical Method,
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2016.01.10 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Eugen Fischer and John Collins (eds.), Experimental Philosophy, Rationalism, and Naturalism: Rethinking Philosophical Method, Routledge, 2015, 302pp., $54.95 (pbk), ISBN 9781138887282. Reviewed by Joachim Horvath, University of Cologne Just when it seemed like the metaphilosophical controversies about experimental philosophy were about to die down, this timely and valuable volume reminds us that many of the crucial questions are still unresolved. For example, is there a genuine challenge from experimental philosophy to intuitions about hypothetical cases? And if so, how exactly should we understand the challenge? In a more constructive vein: how can experimental philosophy -- the study of intuitions about some philosophical issue X -- ever support substantial first-order conclusions about X? Finally, on the more intramural side of the debate: is experimental philosophy a step forward in the project of. . .

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