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

Mark J Pinder

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)443-461
Number of pages19
Issue number4
Early online date31 May 2017
Publication statusPublished - 4 Dec 2017

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