Intuition, Imagination, and Philosophical Methodology

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  • Copyright: 2011-02-04
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Concerns about philosophical methodology have emerged as a central issue in contemporary philosophical discussions. In this volume, Tamar Gendler draws together fourteen essays that together illuminate this topic. Three intertwined themes connect the essays. First, each of the chapters focuses, in one way or another, on how we engage with subject matter that we take to beimaginary. This theme is explored in a wide range of cases, including scientific thought experiments, early childhood pretense, thought experiments concerning personal identity, fictional emotions, self-deception, Gettier and fake barn cases, the relation of belief to other attitudes, and the connection between conceivability and possibility. Second, each of the chapters explores, in one way or another, the implications of this for howthought experiments and appeals to intuitioncan serve as mechanisms for supporting or refuting scientific or philosophical claims. Third, each of the chapters self-consciously exhibits a particularphilosophical methodology: that of drawing both on empirical findings from contemporary psychology, and on classic texts in the philosophical tradition (particularly the work of Aristotle and Hume.) By exploring and exhibiting the fruitfulness of these interactions, Gendler promotes the value of engaging in such cross-disciplinary conversations to illuminate philosophical questions.

Author Biography

Tamar Szabo Gendler is a professor of philosophy and chair of the Cognitive Science Program at Yale University

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
Thought Experiments, Intuitions, and Philosophical Methodology Thought Experiments in Sciencep. 1
Galileo and the Indispensability of Scientific Thought Experiment (1998)p. 21
Thought Experiments Rethought-and Reperceived (2004) Thought Experiments and Personal Identityp. 42
Exceptional Persons: On the Limits of Imaginary Cases (1998)p. 53
Personal Identity and Thought Experiments (2002) Intuitions and Philosophical Methodologyp. 74
The Real Guide to Fake Barns: A Catalogue of Gifts for Your Epistemic Enemies (with John Hawthorne) (2005)p. 98
Philosophical Thought Experiments, Intuitions, and Cognitive Equilibrium (2007)p. 116
Pretense, Imagination, and Belief Pretense and Belief
On the Relation between Pretense and Belief (2003)p. 135
Self-Deception as Pretense (2008)Imaginative Resistancep. 155
The Puzzle of Imaginative Resistance (2000)p. 179
Imaginative Resistance Revisited (2006)p. 203
Genuine Rational Fictional Emotions (with Karson Kovakovich) (2005)p. 227
Imaginative Contagion (2006) Belief and Aliefp. 238
Alief and Belief (2008)p. 255
Alief in Action (and Reaction) (2008)p. 282
Bibliographyp. 311
Index of Namesp. 349
Subject Indexp. 356
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