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Thought in ActionExpertise and the Conscious Mind$
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Barbara Gail Montero

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199596775

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199596775.001.0001

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What Can a Philosopher Tell You About Expertise?

(p.1) Introduction
Thought in Action

Barbara Gail Montero

Oxford University Press

The scientific research on expertise is flourishing. Is there a need for a philosophical account as well? After discussing some of the differences and similarities between philosophical and scientific inquiry, this chapter answers that question. It also explains the methodology employed throughout the book, which encompasses the principle that, barring any good reason for doubt, first-person accounts of one’s own mental processes can be accepted at face value, a principle that roughly follows from Tyler Burge’s “acceptance principle.” It also discusses the difficulty of achieving ecological validity when performing controlled experiments on experts, and provides and outline of the rest of the book.

Keywords:   expertise, methodology, controlled experiments, ecological validity, first-person, introspection, Burge, acceptance principle

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