Experimental Philosophy

Posted: 13 Jan 2012  

Joshua Knobe

Wesley Buckwalter

University of Waterloo - Department of Philosophy

Shaun Nichols

University of Arizona

Phillip Robbins

University of Missouri at Columbia

Hagop Sarkissian

City University of New York (CUNY)

Tamler Sommers

University of Houston

Date Written: January 2012

Abstract

Experimental philosophy is a new interdisciplinary field that uses methods normally associated with psychology to investigate questions normally associated with philosophy. The present review focuses on research in experimental philosophy on four central questions. First, why is it that people's moral judgments appear to influence their intuitions about seemingly nonmoral questions? Second, do people think that moral questions have objective answers, or do they see morality as fundamentally relative? Third, do people believe in free will, and do they see free will as compatible with determinism? Fourth, how do people determine whether an entity is conscious?

Suggested Citation

Knobe, Joshua and Buckwalter, Wesley and Nichols, Shaun and Robbins, Phillip and Sarkissian, Hagop and Sommers, Tamler, Experimental Philosophy (January 2012). Annual Review of Psychology, Vol. 63, pp. 81-99, 2012. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1982953 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1146/annurev-psych-120710-100350

Wesley Buckwalter

University of Waterloo - Department of Philosophy ( email )

200 University Avenue West
Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1
Canada

Shaun Nichols

University of Arizona

Tucson, AZ 85721
United States

Phillip Robbins

University of Missouri at Columbia

332 Cornell Hall
Columbia, MO Columbia 65211
United States

Hagop Sarkissian

City University of New York (CUNY) ( email )

695 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10021
United States

Tamler Sommers

University of Houston ( email )

Houston, TX 77204
United States

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