Philosophy's New Challenge: Experiments and Intentional Action

Nestor Pinillos, Nick Smith, Gopal Nair, Peter Marchetto, Cecilea Mun

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Experimental philosophers have gathered impressive evidence for the surprising conclusion that philosophers' intuitions are out of step with those of the folk. As a result, many argue that philosophers' intuitions are unreliable. Focusing on the Knobe Effect, a leading finding of experimental philosophy, we defend traditional philosophy against this conclusion. Our key premise relies on experiments we conducted which indicate that judgments of the folk elicited under higher quality cognitive or epistemic conditions are more likely to resemble those of the philosopher. We end by showing how our experimental findings can help us better understand the Knobe Effect.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)115-139
Number of pages25
JournalMind and Language
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Philosophy
  • Linguistics and Language


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