Diagnostic Experimental Philosophy

Fischer, Eugen and Engelhardt, Paul E. (2017) Diagnostic Experimental Philosophy. teorema, 36 (3). pp. 117-137. ISSN 0210-1602

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Abstract

Experimental philosophy’s much-discussed ‘restrictionist’ program seeks to delineate the extent to which philosophers may legitimately rely on intuitions about possible cases. The present paper shows that this program can be (i) put to the service of diagnostic problem-resolution (in the wake of J.L. Austin) and (ii) pursued by constructing and experimentally testing psycholinguistic explanations of intuitions which expose their lack of evidentiary value: The paper develops a psycholinguistic explanation of paradoxical intuitions that are prompted by verbal case-descriptions, and presents two experiments that support the explanation. This debunking explanation helps resolve philosophical paradoxes about perception (known as ‘arguments from hallucination’).

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies
University of East Anglia > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Groups > Philosophy
Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 13 Jan 2017 00:06
Last Modified: 17 Mar 2020 22:53
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/62033
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