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Experimental Philosophy and the History of Philosophy (2018)


Contemporary experimental philosophers sometimes use versions of an argument from the history of philosophy to defend the claim that what they do is philosophy. Although experimental philosophers conduct surveys and carry out what appear to be experiments in psychology, making them methodologically different from most analytic philosophers working today, techniques like theirs were not out of the ordinary in the philosophy of the past, early modern philosophy in particular. Or so some of them (Knobe, Nichols, Sytsma and Livengood) argue. This paper disputes the argument, citing important differences between early modern philosopher-scientists – Descartes, Hobbes and Boyle – and their supposed modern counterparts. Although there is some continuity between early modern philosopher-scientists and the contemporary experimentalists, it is mostly a continuity of interest in empirically informed philosophy, not a distinctively experimental philosophy.

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Authors & Contributors
Mitralexis, Sotiris
Boccaccini, Federico
Nado, Jennifer
Beebe, James R.
Fischer, Eugen
Sarkissian, Hagop
British Journal for the History of Philosophy
Journal of Early Modern History
Galilæana: Journal of Galilean Studies
Asclepio: Archivo Iberoamericano de Historia de la Medicina
Oxford University Press
Syracuse University
University of Pittsburgh Press
Carocci Editore
Experimental philosophy
Experiments and experimentation
Natural philosophy
Descartes, René
Locke, John
Hobbes, Thomas
Boyle, Robert
Spinoza, Baruch
Kant, Immanuel
Time Periods
Early modern
17th century
20th century, early
20th century
19th century

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