Intuitions’ linguistic sources:Stereotypes, intuitions, and illusions

Fischer, Eugen ORCID: and Engelhardt, Paul (2016) Intuitions’ linguistic sources:Stereotypes, intuitions, and illusions. Mind and Language, 31 (1). pp. 65-101. ISSN 0268-1064

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Intuitive judgments elicited by verbal case-descriptions play key roles in philosophical problem-setting and argument. Experimental philosophy’s ‘sources project’ seeks to develop psychological explanations of philosophically relevant intuitions which help us assess our warrant for accepting them. This paper develops a psycholinguistic explanation of intuitions prompted by philosophical case-descriptions. For proof of concept, we target intuitions underlying a classic paradox about perception (‘argument from illusion’), trace them to stereotype-driven inferences automatically executed in verb comprehension, and employ a forced-choice plausibility-ranking task to elicit the relevant stereotypical associations of perception- and appearance-verbs. We obtain a debunking explanation which resolves the philosophical paradox.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies
Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Psychology
University of East Anglia > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Groups > Philosophy
Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 05 Feb 2016 08:08
Last Modified: 09 Aug 2022 16:31
DOI: 10.1111/mila.12095

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