Intuition Fail: Philosophical Activity and the Limits of Expertise

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Wesley Buckwalter
University of Manchester
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Experimental philosophers have empirically challenged the connection between intuition and philosophical expertise. This paper reviews these challenges alongside other research findings in cognitive science on expert performance and argues for three claims. First, evidence taken to challenge philosophical expertise may also be explained by the well-researched failures and limitations of genuine expertise. Second, studying the failures and limitations of experts across many fields provides a promising research program upon which to base a new model of philosophical expertise. Third, a model of philosophical expertise based on the limitations of genuine experts may suggest a series of constraints on the reliability of professional philosophical intuition. Even when the experts all agree, they may well be mistaken.
Keywords expertise  intuition  expert performance  evidence  philosophical activity
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DOI 10.1111/phpr.12147
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