How do philosophers and nonphilosophers think about philosophy? And does personality make a difference?

Andow, James (2022) How do philosophers and nonphilosophers think about philosophy? And does personality make a difference? Synthese, 200. ISSN 0039-7857

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Abstract

Recent metaphilosophical debates have focused on the methods/epistemology of philosophy (e.g., the role of intuitions), and the structure of the discipline (e.g., which subfields are considered central to philosophy). The paper reports the results of an exploratory study examining the relationship between personality and both kinds of metaphilosophical view. The findings reported are (a) No important link between personality and attitudes to intuitions, (b) Apparent differences between experts and non-experts as to which subfields are considered central, (c) Only limited evidence that perceptions of centrality are related to personality in minor ways. Although no dramatic relationships between personality and metaphilosophical view are found, the results nonetheless prompt some reflection about the role played by judgements about the centrality of subfields within the discipline.

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
Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 09 Feb 2022 12:30
Last Modified: 13 May 2022 11:30
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/83380
DOI: 10.1007/s11229-022-03639-5

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