Intuition, Imagination, and Philosophical Methodology

Paperback | July 16, 2013

byTamar Szabo Gendler

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Tamar Gendler draws together in this book a series of essays in which she investigates philosophical methodology, which is now emerging as a central topic of philosophical discussions. Three intertwined themes run through the volume: imagination, intuition and philosophical methodology. Eachof the chapters focuses, in one way or another, on how we engage with subject matter that we take to be imaginary. This theme is explored in a wide range of cases, including scientific thought experiments, early childhood pretense, thought experiments concerning personal identity, fictionalemotions, self-deception, Gettier cases, and the general relation of conceivability to possibility. Each of the chapters explores, in one way or another, the implications of this for how thought experiments and appeals to intuition can serve as mechanisms for supporting or refuting scientific or philosophical claims. And each of the chapters self-consciously exhibits a particular philosophicalmethodology: that of drawing both on empirical findings from contemporary psychology, and on classic texts in the philosophical tradition (particularly the work of Aristotle and Hume.) By exploring and exhibiting the fruitfulness of these interactions, Gendler promotes the value of engaging in suchcross-disciplinary conversations in illuminating philosophical issues.

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Tamar Gendler draws together in this book a series of essays in which she investigates philosophical methodology, which is now emerging as a central topic of philosophical discussions. Three intertwined themes run through the volume: imagination, intuition and philosophical methodology. Eachof the chapters focuses, in one way or anothe...

Tamar Szabo Gendler is a Professor of Philosophy and Chair of the Cognitive Science Program at Yale University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:374 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.01 inPublished:July 16, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199683158

ISBN - 13:9780199683154

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Table of Contents

PrefaceIntroductionPart I: Thought Experiments, Intuitions and Philosophical MethodologyThought Experiments in Science1. Galileo and the Indispensability of Scientific Thought Experiment2. Thought Experiments Rethought - and ReperceivedThought Experiments and Personal Identity3. Exceptional Persons: On the Limits of Imaginary Cases4. Personal Identity and Thought-ExperimentsIntuitions and Philosophical Methodology5. The Real Guide to Fake Barns: A Catalogue of Gifts for Your Epistemic Enemies6. Philosophical Thought Experiments, Intuitions and Cognitive EquilibriumPart II: Pretense, Imagination and BeliefImaginative Resistance7. The Puzzle of Imaginative Resistance8. Imaginative Resistance RevisitedPretense and Belief9. On the Relation between Pretense and Belief10. Self-Deception as PretenseImagination and Emotion11. Genuine Rational Fictional Emotions12. Imaginary ContagionBelief and Alief13. Alief and Belief14. Alief in Action (and Reaction)

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"a scintillating book ... sparkling, erudite, compellingly unorthodox papers, stuffed with interesting and provocative examples and theses and ideas for future work ... This book offers a tantalizing picture of a totally new philosophical psychology." --Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews