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Simon Cullen
Carnegie Mellon University
  1. Survey-Driven Romanticism.Simon Cullen - 2010 - Review of Philosophy and Psychology 1 (2):275-296.
    Despite well-established results in survey methodology, many experimental philosophers have not asked whether and in what way conclusions about folk intuitions follow from people’s responses to their surveys. Rather, they appear to have proceeded on the assumption that intuitions can be simply read off from survey responses. Survey research, however, is fraught with difficulties. I review some of the relevant literature—particularly focusing on the conversational pragmatic aspects of survey research—and consider its application to common experimental philosophy surveys. I argue for (...)
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  2. Current Controversies in Philosophy of Cognitive Science.Simon Cullen, Sarah-Jane Leslie & Adam Lerner (eds.) - forthcoming - Routledge.
  3. Improving Students’ Understanding and Analytical Reasoning: A Quasi-Experimental Field Study of Argument Visualization with First-Year Undergraduates.Simon Cullen, Adam Elga, Judith Fan & Eva van der Brugge - unknown
    The ability to analyze arguments is critical for higher-level reasoning, yet previous research suggests that standard university education provides at best modest improvements in students’ analytical reasoning abilities. What techniques are most effective for cultivating these skills? Here we investigate the effectiveness of a 12-week undergraduate seminar in which students practice a software-based technique for visualizing the logical structures implicit in argumen- tative texts. Seminar students met weekly to analyze excerpts from contemporary analytic philosophy papers, completed argument visualization problem sets, (...)
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