Gender and Philosophical Intuition

Wesley Buckwalter, Stephen Stich

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This chapter addresses the issue of the underrepresentation of women in philosophy by presenting an account regarding gender differences in philosophical institutions. It begins with an analysis of data on the gender gap in academic philosophy; followed by a discussion about the term "intuition,"as well as the tendency to appeal to intuitions during philosophical arguments. It then presents empirical data about gender differences derived from a series of experiments such as a Gettier-style case study of Christina Starmans and Ori Friedman, a philosophical thought experiment of Geoffrey Holtzman, and one of David Pizarro about moral responsibility and causal deviance, among others; one hypothesis derived from these studies pertains to the distinct differences between women and mens' intuitions regarding philosophy, with the instructors deciding that the mens' are more correct.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationExperimental Philosophy
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780190267698
ISBN (Print)9780199927418
StatePublished - Jan 16 2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Arts and Humanities(all)


  • Academic philosophy
  • Christina starmans
  • David pizarro
  • Female underrepresentation
  • Gender differences
  • Gender gap
  • Geoffrey holtzman
  • Gettier-style
  • Intuition
  • Ori friedman

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