Philosophy Within Its Proper Bounds: Conceptual Analysis and Conceptual Engineering

In the previous post, I defended a restricted form of modal skepticism and I concluded that many traditional philosophical issues could not be resolved and should be set aside. One may wonder what is left for philosophers to do: Am I suggesting to close philosophy departments? Fear not, dear reader, …

Philosophy Within Its Proper Bounds: Modal Skepticism

In the previous post I presented the main arguments against the method of cases developed in Philosophy Within Its Proper Bounds. Various objections can be raised against this argument, some of which have already been put in print. Chapter 5 addresses 8 objections: I defend the experimental quality of the research …

Philosophy Within Its Proper Bounds: Unreliability, Dogmatism, and Parochialism

In the previous post, I argued for a minimalist characterization of the method of cases, which I share with some of the most well-known critics of experimental philosophy. In this post, I want to present the two arguments against the method of cases, developed in Chapter 3 and 4 of …

Philosophy Within Its Proper Bounds: The Method of Cases

In the previous post, I introduced the method of cases: To find out whether modal claims are true, philosophers describe actual and possible situations and assess what facts hold in these situations. For instance, following Gettier’s classic paper, to determine whether, necessarily, someone knows that pif and only if she …

Philosophy Within Its Proper Bounds: The Overall Argument

Does responsibility require the possibility to have done otherwise? Does knowledge require safety? Can causation be reduced to some form of counterfactual dependency? Could a material duplicate fail to be a psychological duplicate? To answer these and similar questions, one must gain knowledge about metaphysical possibilities and necessities. One must …

Call for Papers Perception and Concepts Riga 16-18 May 2013 organized by Edouard Machery and Jesse Prinz (UpdateD)

CALL FOR PAPERS9th International Symposium of Cognition, Logic and CommunicationPERCEPTION AND CONCEPTS16-18 May 2013, Riga, Latvia. http://www.lu.lv/eng/research/conferences/2013/cognition/INVITED ORGANIZERS: Edouard Machery (Pittsburgh) and Jesse Prinz (CUNY)INVITED SPEAKERS include:Fiona Macpherson (Glasgow) Ruth Millikan (Connecticut)David Chalmers (ANU/NYU)Alex Byrne (MIT)Andy Clark (Edinburgh)Diane Pecher (Rotterdam)Ophelia Deroy (London)Rob Goldstone (Indiana)Pierre Jacob (Institut Jean Nicod)Casey O’Callaghan (Rice)Alva Noe …

CfP: Formal Epistemology Meets Experimental Philosophy (Tilburg, 29 – 30 September 2011)

First Pittsburgh -Tilburg workshop on  Formal Epistemology Meets Experimental Philosophy Tilburg Center for Logic and Philosophy of Science 29-30 September 2011 http://www.uvt.nl/tilps/FEMEP2011/  ********************************************************************* Over the years, the methodological toolbox of philosophers of science has widened considerably. Today, formal and experimental methods importantly complement more traditional methods such as conceptual analysis and …

Job: Tenure Stream in the HPS department at the University of Pittsburgh

POSITION: Tenure stream assistant professor in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science, pending budgetary approval. Area of Specialization: History and philosophy of science and related areas that naturally complement departmental strengths. We have interest in strengthening areas of history and philosophy of neuroscience, physics, and general methodology. Rank: …

New reviews of Doing without Concepts

In addition to the BBS target article, the symposium in Dialogue (for which Gualtiero’s excellent paper has been written) and to the reviews mentioned in an earlier post (Mind, Metapyschology), here are some new reviews of Doing without Concepts that might interest some of you: Andrew Woodfield (Bristol, philosophy) has …

Review of Philosophy and Psychology

Dario Taraborelli has asked me to attract your attention to a new journal, The Review of Philosophy of Psychology. The RPP accepts proposals for special issues as well as submitted articles, and the editors welcome articles in the philosophy of mind and psychology (Dario is the editor in chief). Keep this …

Submit to the European Journal for Philosophy of Science

The EJPS is now accepting  submissions! Send us your (best!) papers. EUROPEAN JOURNAL FOR PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE (EJPS) Editor-in-Chief: Carl Hoefer (Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain)Deputy Editor: Mauro Dorato (University of Rome III, Italy)Associate Editors: Franz Huber (Konstanz, Germany), Edouard Machery (Pittsburgh, USA), Michela Massimi (London, UK), Samir Okasha (Bristol, …