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Monday, December 10, 2007

Philosophy's New Frontier

The New York Times weighs in on Experimental Philosophy

Philosophers don’t observe; we don’t experiment; we don’t measure; and we don’t count. We reflect. We love nothing more than our “thought experiments,” but the key word there is thought.

And in the end, what is the greater role of the philosopher: one who performs thought experiments or one who goes out and gathers " information about what people actually think and say about our thought experiments"

How is it different than philosophy in praxis?

What's wrong with applying the scientific method to questions of philosophy in praxis? It is the act of giving evidence to the theorems and axioms of the various schools of thought - but are there any thought experiments that can't necessarily be tested experimentally?

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