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    Does Experimental Philosophy Have a Role to Play in Carnapian Explication?

    Citation

    Pinder, MJ, 2017, ‘Does Experimental Philosophy Have a Role to Play in Carnapian Explication?’. Ratio, vol 30., pp. 443-461

    Abstract

    Shepherd and Justus argue that experimental philosophy has an important role to play in the method of Carnapian explication, facilitating the preparatory stage during which the concept to be explicated is clarified. I raise concerns about their specific proposal, before sketching an alternative. In particular, I suggest that experimental philosophy can directly aid the construction of fruitful concepts. This provides a clear practical role for experimental philosophy, both within the sciences and theoretical inquiry more generally. In this respect, experimental philosophy may rightly be construed as one aspect of applied philosophy.

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