Intuition-Talk: Virus or Virtue?

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Abstract

The word ‘intuition’ is used frequently both in philosophy and in discussions about philosophical methods. It has been argued that this intuition-talk makes no (clear) semantic contribution and that intuition-talk is thus a bad habit that ought to be abandoned. I urge caution in making this inference. There are many pragmatic roles intuition-talk might play. Moreover, according to one plausible story (for which there is some empirical support), there is reason to think intuition-talk is actually a good habit for philosophers to have.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)523-531
Number of pages9
JournalPhilosophia
Volume45
Issue number2
Early online date22 Jan 2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2017

Keywords

  • Philosophical methods
  • Intuition
  • Hedging
  • Metaphilosophy
  • Epistemic humility
  • Intellectual humility

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