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The Myth of the IntuitiveExperimental Philosophy and Philosophical Method$
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Max Deutsch

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780262028950

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262028950.001.0001

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Varieties of Xphi, Pragmatic Distortion, and the No-Theory Theory of Intuitions

Varieties of Xphi, Pragmatic Distortion, and the No-Theory Theory of Intuitions

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(p.1) 1 Varieties of Xphi, Pragmatic Distortion, and the No-Theory Theory of Intuitions
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The Myth of the Intuitive
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Max Deutsch

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262028950.003.0001

This chapter describes the distinction between positive and negative xphi, identifying xphi’s negative branch as the book’s main target. It also canvasses five different xphi studies and their perceived connection to traditional philosophical disputes in the philosophy of language, metaphysics, epistemology, and action theory. The chapter describes a phenomenon, “pragmatic distortion,” that stands in the way of deriving accurate information about subjects’ intuitions but concludes that criticism of xphi solely on these grounds is shallow. The chapter also sketches a very minimalist account of the “nature” of intuitions—the No-Theory Theory—and presents the negative xphi critique in a general and perspicuous format.

Keywords:   Positive xphi, Negative xphi, Intuitions, Pragmatic distortion

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