Date of Award

5-1-2014

Document Type

Article

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Abstract

Experimental philosophy is an emerging methodology which attempts to use empirically gathered data to break new ground on longstanding philosophical debates. Experimental philosophers claim that “armchair” intuitions about philosophical concepts need to be empirically verified among the general population, and that where the two differ the latter cannot be disregarded. I intend to argue that while this approach has its merits it has been plagued by some fundamental misconceptions about the nature of intuitions themselves. Once these misconceptions are addressed, however, I believe experimental philosophy can mature into a fruitful new paradigm, and can achieve its goal of breathing new life into modern philosophy.

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