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Philosophy Within Its Proper Bounds

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2018.08.36 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Edouard Machery, Philosophy Within Its Proper Bounds, Oxford University Press, 2017, 272pp., $55.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780198807520. Reviewed by Margot Strohminger, Humboldt University of Berlin Arguments in philosophy often feature assumptions about (typically counterfactual) circumstances or cases: 'A belief formed in such-and-such circumstances would not be knowledge', 'If a duplicate of me existed in such-and-such circumstances, she would not share all of my beliefs', 'A case in which a duplicate of me exists in such-and-such circumstances is (metaphysically) possible', and so on. Following Edouard Machery and many others, let us call the practice of relying on such assumptions the method of cases. The so-called negative program in experimental philosophy (negative x-phi) defends severe restrictions on the use of the method of cases by appealing to data on untrained folk judgments about cases. Since its. . .

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