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Introduction

Tamar Szabó Gendler

in Intuition, Imagination, and Philosophical Methodology

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9780199589760
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191595486 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199589760.003.0001
Introduction

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This chapter provides an overview of the chapters collected in the volume. It describes how each of the chapters in Part I addresses the question of how thought experiments and appeals to intuition can serve as mechanisms for supporting or refuting scientific or philosophical claims. It explains how each of the chapters in Part II explores, more generally, how engagement with subject matter that we take to be imaginary may affect our actions and perceptions. And it shows how each of the chapters in the volume both explicitly concerns itself with philosophical methodology as a subject of investigation and self‐consciously exhibits a particular philosophical methodology: one that recognizes a continuity between classic texts in the Western philosophical tradition—particularly the work of Aristotle and Hume—and contemporary empirical findings in psychology and neuroscience.

Keywords: thought experiment; intuition; philosophical methodology; imagination; action; perception; Aristotle; Hume; neuroscience

Chapter.  7609 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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