The Scope and Methodology of Empirical Philosophy

Bart Van Kerkhove, Benedikt Löwe

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In this paper, we stress that while the quantitative / qualitative distinction from the social sciences looks deceivingly like the experimental / traditional distinction in the philosophical methodological debate, we should not forget that also qualitative social research is empirical research. Empirical philosophy bases the analysis of philosophical concepts on stable phenomena observed by empirical methods, not necessarily just experiments: empirical philosophy can and should employ the entire methodological toolbox of the social sciences; experimental philosophy is only one of its instances.5 If we reduce empirical philosophy to experiments, we would fall into the same trap that Lieberson and Lynn (2002) are describing in the social sciences: building empirical philosophy after the model of only one natural science, viz. physics, which may be "exceptionally inappropriate" for the task at hand. In addition to experimental philosophy, we need to develop philosophical techniques that correspond to the qualitative empirical research in the social sciences.
Originele taal-2English
TitelFormal Epistemology Meets Experimental Philosophy - First Pittsburgh-Tilburg Workshop
StatusPublished - 2011
EvenementUnknown -
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