Philosophy Within Its Proper Bounds by Edouard MacheryPhilosophy Within Its Proper Bounds by Edouard Machery

Philosophy Within Its Proper Bounds

byEdouard Machery

Hardcover | September 21, 2017

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In Philosophy Within Its Proper Bounds, Edouard Machery argues that resolving many traditional and contemporary philosophical issues is beyond our epistemic reach and that philosophy should re-orient itself toward more humble, but ultimately more important intellectual endeavors. Anyresolution to many of these contemporary issues would require an epistemic access to metaphysical possibilities and necessities, which, Machery argues, we do not have. In effect, then, Philosophy Within Its Proper Bounds defends a form of modal skepticism. The book assesses the main philosophicalmethod for acquiring the modal knowledge that the resolution of modally immodest philosophical issues turns on: the method of cases, that is, the consideration of actual or hypothetical situations (which cases or thought experiments describe) in order to determine what facts hold in thesesituations. Canvassing the extensive work done by experimental philosophers over the last 15 years, Edouard Machery shows that the method of cases is unreliable and should be rejected. Importantly, the dismissal of modally immodest philosophical issues is no cause for despair - many important philosophicalissues remain within our epistemic reach. In particular, reorienting the course of philosophy would free time and resources for bringing back to prominence a once-central intellectual endeavor: conceptual analysis.
Edouard Machery is Distinguished Professor in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Pittsburgh, the Director of the Center for Philosophy of Science at the University of Pittsburgh, and a member of the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition (University of Pittsburgh-Carnegie Mellon University). He h...
Title:Philosophy Within Its Proper BoundsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 9.21 × 6.02 × 0.03 inPublished:September 21, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019880752X

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. The method of cases2. The empirical findings3. Unreliability4. Dogmatism and parochialism5. Eight defenses of the method of cases: amateur psychology, reflection, expertise, limited influence, fallibility, reform, mischaracterization, and overgeneralization6. Modal ignorance and the limits of philosophy7. Conceptual analysis rebootedPostscript