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Abduction by philosophers: reorienting philosophical methodology

Andow, J. (2016) Abduction by philosophers: reorienting philosophical methodology. Metaphilosophy, 47 (3). pp. 353-370. ISSN 1467-9973

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1111/meta.12191

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A reorientation is needed in methodological debate about the role of intuitions in philosophy. Methodological debate has lost sight of the reason why it makes sense to focus on questions about intuitions when thinking about the methods or epistemology of philosophy. The problem is an approach to methodology which gives a near exclusive focus to questions about some evidential role that intuitions may or may not play in philosophers' arguments. A new approach is needed. Approaching methodological questions about the role of intuitions in philosophy with an abductive model of philosophical enquiry in mind will help ensure the debate doesn't lose sight of what motivates the debate.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Science > School of Humanities > Philosophy
ID Code:65758
Publisher:Blackwell Publishing

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