The Oxford Handbook of Philosophical Methodology

2017.01.23 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Herman Cappelen, Tamar Szabó Gendler, and John Hawthorne (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Philosophical Methodology, Oxford
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2017.01.23 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Herman Cappelen, Tamar Szabó Gendler, and John Hawthorne (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Philosophical Methodology, Oxford University Press,2016, 752pp., $150.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780199668779. Reviewed by Matthew C. Haug, The College of William & Mary What is methodology? The editors of this outstanding and timely volume tell us in the preface that many contributors asked them how exactly they would answer this question, and they say that they gave "deliberately non-committal responses" (v). One potential motivation for the contributors' question is that the word 'methodology' is ambiguous. Etymology suggests that it means the (discipline devoted to the) study of method, but the term is also sometimes used merely as a synonym for the word 'method' itself. In his introductory essay to the book, Josh Dever calls the latter a "lower-order" reading, according to which philosophical methodology includes such. . .

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