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Philosophy and Its HistoryAims and Methods in the Study of Early Modern Philosophy$
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Mogens Laerke, Justin E. H. Smith, and Eric Schliesser

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199857142

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199857142.001.0001

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The Taming of Philosophy

The Taming of Philosophy

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(p.178) 9 The Taming of Philosophy
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Philosophy and Its History
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Michael Della Rocca

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199857142.003.0010

This paper explores the dominance of the method of intuition in contemporary philosophy whereby intuitive responses to particular cases are central to one's philosophical theorizing which aims somehow to “accommodate” these responses. The paper argues that this focus on intuition is lamentable because it leads to an unduly conservative limitation of philosophy and may lead us arbitrarily to restrict our philosophical options. The paper closes by identifying the source of the ascendancy of the method of intuition in Moore's and Russell's influential but misguided attack on Bradley's rejection of relations. The paper thus offers a new perspective on the origins of analytical philosophy.

Keywords:   intuition, Bradley, Russell, Moore, relations

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