On experimental philosophy and the history of philosophy: a reply to Sorell

Justin Sytsma, Jonathan Livengood

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Abstract

In this paper, we reply to Tom Sorell’s criticism of our engagement with the history of philosophy in our book, The Theory and Practice of Experimental Philosophy. We explain why our uses of the history of philosophy are not undermined by Sorell’s criticism and why our position is not threatened by the dilemma Sorell advances. We argue that Sorell has mischaracterized the dialectical context of our discussion of the history of philosophy and that he has mistakenly treated our use of the history of philosophy as univocal, when in fact we called on the history of philosophy in several different ways in our text.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)635-647
Number of pages13
JournalBritish Journal for the History of Philosophy
Volume27
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - May 4 2019

Keywords

  • Experimental philosophy
  • Tom Sorell
  • history of philosophy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Philosophy

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