Events

Apr 22

"Philosophy, Intuition and Culture: An Overview of a Research Program "

This is the first of two public talks given by Cowling Distinguished Visiting Professor Stephen Stich, presented from 12:00-1:00pm in Leighton 402. Philosophers use intuitions in a variety of ways in a variety of projects. For the last several years, Stich and his collaborators have been exploring the extent to which intuitions vary across cultural groups, and attempting to explain why that cultural variation exists. This talk is an overview of this work. The talk will (i) present some of their findings about the cultural variation in philosophically important intuitions, (ii) sketch some of their work aimed at explaining that variation, and (iii) explore the implications for a range of philosophical projects, if their findings are robust and their explanations are correct. Most of the work discussed will deal with the use of intuitions in epistemology, ethics and the philosophy of language. The relevance of this work to metaphysics will also be explored briefly.

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008
12:00 – 1:00 pm / Leighton 402

Abstract: Philosophers use intuitions in a variety of ways in a variety of projects. For the last several years, my collaborators and I have been exploring the extent to which intuitions vary across cultural groups, and attempting to explain why that cultural variation exist. In this talk I will offer an overview of this work. The talk will (i) present some of our findings about the cultural variation in philosophically important intuitions, (ii) sketch some of our work aimed at explaining that variation, and (iii) explore the implications, for a range of philosophical projects, if our findings are robust and our explanations are correct. Most of the work discussed will deal with the use of intuitions in epistemology, ethics and the philosophy of language. The relevance of this work to metaphysics will also be explored briefly.

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