Qualitative tools and experimental philosophy

James Andow

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Experimental philosophy brings empirical methods to philosophy. These methods are used to probe how people think about philosophically interesting things such as knowledge, morality, and freedom. This paper explores the contribution that qualitative methods have to make in this enterprise. I argue that qualitative methods have the potential to make a much greater contribution than they have so far. Along the way, I acknowledge a few types of resistance that proponents of qualitative methods in experimental philosophy might encounter, and provide reasons to think they are ill-founded.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1128-1141
JournalPhilosophical Psychology
Issue number8
Early online date5 Sep 2016
Publication statusPublished - 2016


  • Conceptual analysis
  • experimental philosophy
  • intuitions
  • intuitive processing
  • philosophical methodology
  • qualitative methods
  • quantitative methods
  • reflective processing

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