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Does Experimental Philosophy Have a Role to Play in Carnapian Explication?

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  • Mark Pinder
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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-19
Number of pages19
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 31 May 2017


Shepherd and Justus argue that experimental philosophy has an important role to play in the method of Carnapian explication, facilitating the preparatory stage during which the concept to be explicated is clarified. I raise concerns about their specific proposal, before sketching an alternative. In particular, I suggest that experimental philosophy can directly aid the construction of fruitful concepts. This provides a clear practical role for experimental philosophy, both within the sciences and theoretical inquiry more generally. In this respect, experimental philosophy may rightly be construed as one aspect of applied philosophy.


This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Pinder, M. (2017), 'Does Experimental Philosophy Have a Role to Play in Carnapian Explication?', Ratio, which has been published in final form at Under embargo. Embargo end date: 31 May 2019. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving. © 2017 John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

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