Diagnostics for Intuitiveness

Herman Cappelen

in Philosophy without Intuitions

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780199644865
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191739026 | DOI:
Diagnostics for Intuitiveness

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This chapter develops diagnostics for recognizing intuitive judgments. It identifies three features that intuitive judgments are typically taken to have and considers how one can find evidence that particular judgments have those features. Philosophical methodologists typically characterize intuitions as having at least one of the following features: they seem true or have a special phenomenology; they are default justified, or can justify other propositions without themselves requiring justification; and they are based solely on conceptual competence.

Keywords: intuition; seeming; default justified; conceptual competence; abductive inference

Chapter.  7759 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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