Philosophers' Thinking (Experimental philosophy & Qualitative Tools Vol 4)

Oxford: Academic Publishers (2017)

Ulrich De Balbian
Meta-Philosophy Research Centre
EXPERIMENTAL PHILOSOPHY‭ (‬VOLUME‭ ‬4‭) ‭and ‬Qualitative tools and experimental philosophy. So-called Experimental Philosophy‭ (‬X-Phi‭) ‬is one of the latest fashions or fads in philosophy.‭ ‬It gives people who wish to do‭ ‘‬philosophy‭’ ‬but do not find something in the other types of doing philosophy something to do.‭ ‬The other types are,‭ ‬apart from a handful of original-‭ ‬and creative thinking individuals,‭ ‬the usual academic publications,‭ ‬theses,‭ ‬conferences,‭ ‬etc that keep professional philosophers busy and enable them to maintain their obligatory lists of publications,‭ ‬dealing with minute‭ ‘‬analysis‭’ ‬of aspects of other microscopic‭ ‘‬analysis‭’‬. Much of so-called Experimental Philosophy appears to me like some kind of rather superficial social surveys and drawing,‭ ‬mostly philosophically irrelevant conclusions from them.‭ ‬I present a number of sources on this kind of doing of‭ ‘‬philosophy‭’‬. As I myself was trained as a scientist and for years did work as scientific researcher I find much of what is passed off as so-called experimental philosophy very amateurish,‭ ‬not-methodological,‭ ‬lacking scientific research methods and naïve.‭ ‬I intended to add a second section to this volume,‭ ‬entitled scientific method,‭ ‬but the volume will already be too large without it. I include different definitions of this sub-domain of philosophy,‭ ‬criticism of it and its methods and reasons for the practising of it.‭ ‬I conclude with a number of studies on the philosophy of sex and two articles of my own on the feeling accompanying male ejaculation and male orgasm. I end with a Brian Leiter post/s and very interesting comments by a number of philosophers.‭ ‬THAT says more about philosophy/izing and the state and nature of this discipline than many so-called X-Phi‭ ‘‬experiments‭’‬.
Keywords experimental philosophy  philosophy of sex  orgasm  surveys  methods  qualitative tools  epistemology  intuition
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