Going positive by going negative: On keeping X-Phi relevant and dangerous

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The larger philosophical world has on the whole turned from a mix of averted gaze and outright antipathy toward x-phi, to a mix of grudging acceptance and enthusiastic embrace. This chapter explains that the experimental philosophy is relevant, and that it is dangerous, and explains some ways that people can do more to remain both. Experimental philosophy’s semi-official sigil of the burning armchair has advertised its dangerousness for the past decade and a half as well. The chapter explains that it is a threat that is every bit as potently present in positive program x-phi as it is in negative program work. To explore the idea that experimental philosophy’s positive contributions will still be primarily negative in nature, the chapter interrogates the passage from Timothy Williamson. It focuses on the wheat-from-chaff project of separating signal from noise in the evidence produced by intuitions and the like.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationA Companion to Experimental Philosophy
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9781118661666
ISBN (Print)9781118661703
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016


  • Armchair psychology
  • Experimental intuition-checking procedures
  • Experimental philosophy
  • Negative program
  • Positive program

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Arts and Humanities


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