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Subject/Keyword
Methodology
Intuition
Calibration
Type of item
Thesis
Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
Jalea, Justin
Supervisor and department
Morton, Adam (Philosophy)
Examining committee member and department
Dixon, Peter (Psychology)
Morton, Adam (Philosophy)
Welchman, Jennifer (Philosophy)
Hunter, Bruce (Philosophy)
Department
Department of Philosophy
Specialization

Date accepted
2009-09-09T17:24:35Z
Graduation date
2009-11
Degree
Master of Arts
Degree level
Master's
Abstract
Intuition has fallen from grace. Its authority to act as a source of evidence in philosophical discourse has recently been called into question by philosophers and cognitive psychologists alike, who claim that because of the many difficulties that plague intuition, it should not hold the evidential role it does presently. This is exceedingly troubling, since appeals to intuition are pervasive throughout, and infiltrate every level of, philosophical discourse. This paper explores the extent of intuition’s infiltration in philosophy and whether intuition is warranted in those positions. I argue that by focusing on virtues exhibited by philosophical methodology, many of the arguments made against them are defused. In spite of this, we can largely carry on utilizing the methodology which houses intuitions – Standard Philosophical Analysis – while continually attempting to revise and refine that methodology.
Language
English
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doi:10.7939/R3X143
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