SOPhiA 2022

Salzburgiense Concilium Omnibus Philosophis Analyticis

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Programme - Talk

Expertise and Concept Revision throught the Method of Cases
(Epistemology, English)

The Method of Cases is criticized with reference to empirical results that show influence of philosophically irrelevant factors to philosophical intuitions. In the talk I will defend the Method of Cases by introducing the novel form of the so-called expertise defence. I will adopt Max Deutsch's main idea that not intuitions, but arguments play an evidential role in this method. I will argue that these arguments have to be justified by some kinds of intuitions. However, I will show that the empirical critique towards the reliability of intuitions can be refuted if we interpret the Method of Cases as formulating arguments in favor of revising some concept. In such a case, the Method of Cases can be justified by intuitions of intensions, that is intuitions about meaning of some concept. As I will argue experts' intuitions, that is intuitions of speakers who are immersed in philosophical discourse and who express their expectations about a target concept, can form an reliable source of evidence for revisionary arguments.

Chair: Niklas Gärtner
Time: 14:00-14:30, 07 September 2022 (Wednesday)
Location: SR 1.003
Remark: (Online Talk)

Krzysztof Sekowski 
(University of Warsaw, Poland)



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