Experimental philosophy: A methodological critique

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Abstract

This article offers a critique of research practices typical of experimental philosophy. To that end, it presents a review of methodological issues that have proved crucial to the quality of research in the biobehavioral sciences. It discusses various shortcomings in the experimental philosophy literature related to (1) the credibility of self-report questionnaires, (2) the validity and reliability of measurement, (3) the adherence to appropriate procedures for sampling, random assignment, and handling of participants, and (4) the meticulousness of study reporting. It argues that the future standing of experimental philosophy will hinge upon improvements in research methods.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)79-87
Number of pages9
JournalMetaphilosophy
Volume44
Issue number1-2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2013
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Philosophy

Keywords

  • Experimental philosophy
  • Inductive logic
  • Research methodology

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