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Course on experimental-philosophy by Andrew Latham

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Friday 10 March 2023,  at 10:00 - 15:00



Time is approximate

Place: Room TBA

course days: 10 March, 25 April and 23 May

About the course and Experimental Philosophy

The field of experimental philosophy has arisen out of a recent push in the philosophy literature towards investigating whether philosophers’ judgments are shared by non-philosophers (referred to in the literature as ‘the folk’). Experimental philosophy uses empirical methods from the cognitive and social sciences to shed light on these folk judgments. To date, experimental philosophers have investigated folk judgments across a broad range of domains, including, but not limited to autonomyfree willmoral responsibilitycausation, and personal identity. In this course we will: (1) examine some prominent work in experimental philosophy, (2) ask why we should care about folk judgments rather than the judgments of experts, and if we should care, discuss what role these judgments should play in our theorizing, (3) ask whether variability in folk judgments, including cross-cultural variability, undermines the role of folk judgments in existing theoretical work, (4) discuss practical considerations surrounding running experimental philosophy research, including the replicability of existing results. By the end of the course participants should be able to identify new opportunities for experimental philosophy work and design a study and collect relevant data.

Expected work load: 50-60 pages for each day. In total up to 180 pages.

If you are interested in joining please contact Kasper Lippert-Rasmussen by email: Lippert@ps.au.dk (limited number of available spots)