Experimental Philosophy

While philosophers of yore postulated on human nature, today's thinkers approach tough questions with the tools of cognitive science. A philosophy professor on 'experimental philosophy'.

New insight into old philosophical questions will come through understanding how the mind works, says Yale philosophy professor Joshua Knobe: "Philosophers today are once again looking for the roots of philosophical conflicts in our human nature, and they are once again suggesting that we can make progress on philosophical questions by reaching a better understanding of our own minds. But these days, philosophers are going after these issues using a new set of methodologies. They are pursuing the traditional questions using all the tools of modern cognitive science. They are teaming up with researchers in other disciplines, conducting experimental studies, publishing in some of the top journals of psychology."

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