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Intuition, Imagination, and Philosophical Methodology$
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Tamar Szabó Gendler

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199589760

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199589760.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
Intuition, Imagination, and Philosophical Methodology

Tamar Szabó Gendler (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter provides an overview of the chapters collected in the volume. It describes how each of the chapters in Part I addresses the question of how thought experiments and appeals to intuition can serve as mechanisms for supporting or refuting scientific or philosophical claims. It explains how each of the chapters in Part II explores, more generally, how engagement with subject matter that we take to be imaginary may affect our actions and perceptions. And it shows how each of the chapters in the volume both explicitly concerns itself with philosophical methodology as a subject of investigation and self‐consciously exhibits a particular philosophical methodology: one that recognizes a continuity between classic texts in the Western philosophical tradition—particularly the work of Aristotle and Hume—and contemporary empirical findings in psychology and neuroscience.

Keywords:   thought experiment, intuition, philosophical methodology, imagination, action, perception, Aristotle, Hume, neuroscience

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