Thursday, September 21, 2006

meta-philosophy & methodology

Over at Plurality of Words there is an interesting post on the resurgence of methodological issues in philosophy, e.g. terminological disputes, intuition, conceptual analysis, etc. There are some good links to check out. I found the Williamson article particularly interesting. Here is a bit from the abstract:

"A striking feature of the traditional armchair method of philosophy is the use of imaginary examples: for instance, of Gettier cases as counterexamples to the justified true belief analysis of knowledge. The use of such examples is often thought to involve some sort of a priori rational intuition, which crude rationalists regard as a virtue and crude empiricists as a vice. It is argued here that, on the contrary, what is involved is simply an application of our general cognitive capacity to handle counterfactual conditionals, which is not exclusively a priori and is not usefully conceived as a form of rational intuition."

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