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Philosophers’ Use of ‘Intuitive’ (III): Against the Explaining Away of Intuitions

Herman Cappelen

in Philosophy without Intuitions

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780199644865
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191739026 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199644865.003.0005
Philosophers’ Use of ‘Intuitive’ (III): Against the Explaining Away of Intuitions

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This chapter concerns a particular kind of ‘intuition’-talk that is not easy to charitably account for using the strategies outlined in the previous chapter. Many philosophers engage in an activity they describe as ‘explaining away intuitions’. This chapter argues that philosophers are under no obligation to explain away intuition, even though there are constructive activities that are mistakenly classified as such.

Keywords: ‘intuitive’; intuition; belief; explaining away intuitions; philosophical methodology

Chapter.  2426 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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