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The Ordinary and the Experimental: Cook Wilson and Austin on Method in Philosophy (2018)


To what extent was ordinary language philosophy a precursor to experimental philosophy? Since the conditions on pursuit of either project are at best unclear, and at worst protean, the general question is hard to address. I focus instead on particular cases, seeking to uncover some central aspects of J. L. Austin’s and John Cook Wilson’s ordinary language based approach to philosophical method. I make a start at addressing three questions. First, what distinguishes their approach from other more traditional approaches? Second, is their approach a form of experimental philosophy? Third, given their aims, should it have been? I offer the following preliminary answers. First, their approach distinctively emphasizes attention to what we should say when. Second, their approach is closer to contemporary experimental mathematics than it is to some prominent forms of contemporary experimental philosophy. Third, some purported grounds for pursuing their aims by way of surveying what individual speakers would say when are not compelling.

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Authors & Contributors
Generali, Dario
Nado, Jennifer
Boesch, Brandon
Beebe, James R.
Brad Bolman
Zwart, Sjoerd
British Journal for the History of Philosophy
Transversal: International Journal for the Historiography of Science
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science
Social Studies of Science
Revue d'Histoire des Sciences
NTM: Zeitschrift für Geschichte der Naturwissenschaften, Technik und Medizin
W. W. Norton & Co.
Polity Press
Bloomsbury Academic
Experiments and experimentation
Experimental philosophy
Case studies
Knobe, Joshua
Sytsma, Justin
Wilson, John Cook
Addams, Jane
Pflüger, Eduard Friedrich Wilhelm
Nichols, Shaun
Time Periods
20th century
19th century
21st century
18th century
17th century
Early modern
Hellenistic world
United States
Great Britain
School of Milan
University of California, Davis. School of Veterinary Medicine. Radiobiology Laboratory
Oxford University

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