Cognitive science and metaphysics: Partners in debunking

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This chapter makes the general case for metaphysics as a required partner to cognitive science in the debunking project, for providing an external standard to assess intuitions. It considers the specific case studies of color, temporal passage, and spatial unity. These illustrate the general role of metaphysics in debunking, while also shedding more light on the interplay between cognitive science and metaphysics. There is also a sense in which cognitive science might be thought to have something very specific to say just about metaphysics. Talk of intuitions is only coming in as a mediator between these two claims: the claims in metaphysics that are potentially open to debunking are intuitions, and cognitive science is relevant to the debunking of these very intuitions. What emerges from this paradigm case of a belief that needs debunking are three crucial and interconnected aspects of the debunking project: psychological aspect; metaphysical aspect; and epistemological aspect.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationGoldman and His Critics
Number of pages29
ISBN (Electronic)9781118609378
ISBN (Print)9780470673676
StatePublished - Aug 19 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Arts and Humanities(all)


  • Cognitive science
  • Color
  • Debunking project
  • Metaphysics
  • Spatial unity
  • Temporal passage

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