Experimental Philosophy

Joshua Knobe, Shaun Nichols

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This book contains fourteen chapters-thirteen previously published and one new-that reflect the fast-moving changes in the field of experimental philosophy over the last five years. Experimental philosophy is one of the most innovative and exciting parts of the current philosophical landscape; it has also engendered controversy. Proponents argue that philosophers should employ empirical research, including the methods of experimental psychology, to buttress their philosophical claims. Rather than armchair theorizing, experimental philosophers should go into the field to research how people actually think and reason. In a sense this is a return to a view of philosophy as the progenitor of psychology: inherently concerned with the human condition, with no limits to its scope or methods. In the course of the last decade, many experimental philosophers have overturned assumptions about how people think in the real world. This volume provides an essential guide to the most influential recent work on this area of philosophical research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages388
ISBN (Electronic)9780190267698
ISBN (Print)9780199927418
StatePublished - Jan 16 2014


  • Empirical research
  • Experimental philosophy
  • Experimental psychology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Arts and Humanities


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