Intuition, Imagination, and Philosophical Methodology

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Overview

Concerns about philosophical methodology have emerged as a central issue in contemporary philosophical discussions. In this volume, Tamar Gendler draws together fourteen essays that together illuminate this topic.

Three intertwined themes connect the essays. First, each of the chapters focuses, in one way or another, on how we engage with subject matter that we take to be imaginary. This theme is explored in a wide range of cases, including scientific thought experiments, early childhood pretense, thought experiments concerning personal identity, fictional emotions, self-deception, Gettier and fake barn cases, the relation of belief to other attitudes, and the connection between conceivability and possibility. Second, each of the chapters explores, in one way or another, the implications of this for how thought experiments and appeals to intuition can serve as mechanisms for supporting or refuting scientific or philosophical claims. Third, each of the chapters self-consciously exhibits a particular philosophical methodology: that of drawing both on empirical findings from contemporary psychology, and on classic texts in the philosophical tradition (particularly the work of Aristotle and Hume.) By exploring and exhibiting the fruitfulness of these interactions, Gendler promotes the value of engaging in such cross-disciplinary conversations to illuminate philosophical questions.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199589760
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 2/4/2011
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Tamar Szabo Gendler is a professor of philosophy and chair of the Cognitive Science Program at Yale University

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Table of Contents

Preface Introduction
Part I: Thought Experiments, Intuitions and Philosophical Methodology
Thought Experiments in Science
1. Galileo and the Indispensability of Scientific Thought Experiment
2. Thought Experiments Rethought - and Reperceived Thought Experiments and Personal Identity
3. Exceptional Persons: On the Limits of Imaginary Cases
4. Personal Identity and Thought-Experiments Intuitions and Philosophical Methodology
5. The Real Guide to Fake Barns: A Catalogue of Gifts for Your Epistemic Enemies
6. Philosophical Thought Experiments, Intuitions and Cognitive Equilibrium
Part II: Pretense, Imagination and Belief
Imaginative Resistance
7. The Puzzle of Imaginative Resistance
8. Imaginative Resistance Revisited Pretense and Belief
9. On the Relation between Pretense and Belief
10. Self-Deception as Pretense Imagination and Emotion
11. Genuine Rational Fictional Emotions
12. Imaginary Contagion Belief and Alief
13. Alief and Belief
14. Alief in Action (and Reaction)

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