Abduction by Philosophers: Reorienting Philosophical Methodology

Andow, James (2016) Abduction by Philosophers: Reorienting Philosophical Methodology. Metaphilosophy, 47 (3). pp. 353-370. ISSN 0026-1068

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Abstract

A reorientation is needed in methodological debate about the role of intuitions in philosophy. Methodological debate has lost sight of the reason why it makes sense to focus on questions about intuitions when thinking about the methods or epistemology of philosophy. The problem is an approach to methodology that focuses almost exclusively on questions about some evidential role that intuitions may or may not play in philosophers’ arguments. A new approach is needed. Approaching methodological questions about the role of intuitions in philosophy with an abductive model of philosophical inquiry in mind will help ensure the debate doesn't lose sight of what motivates the debate.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: intuitions,methodology,philosophical methods,epistemology of philosophy,abduction,inference to the best explanation
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
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Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 23 Jan 2018 15:30
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2020 00:48
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/66050
DOI: 10.1111/meta.12191

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