Experimental Philosophy

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Experimental philosophy is a new movement that uses systematic experimental studies to shed light on philosophical issues. In other words, experimental philosophers apply the methods commonly associated with psychology (experimentation, statistical analysis, developmental research, reaction time studies, patient studies, and so on), but they use those methods to address the kinds of questions that have been traditionally associated with philosophy. The experimental philosophy movement is united more by a shared methodology than by a shared research agenda or metaphilosophical viewpoint. Thus, while work in experimental philosophy makes use of systematic empirical study, this methodology has been applied to a wide array of different philosophical questions, and researchers have offered quite different views about the way in which such experimental work can prove philosophically valuable. So perhaps the best way to become acquainted with the field of experimental philosophy is to look in detail at the actual research findings.

Key work in experimental philosophy has been done in virtually all areas of philosophy including philosophy of language (Turri 2013, Machery et al 2004), mind (Sytsma & Machery 2010), metaphysics (Alicke et al 2011), intentionality (Knobe 2010, Young et al 2006), free will and moral responsibility (Nichols & Knobe 2007, Nichols 2011), metaethics (Sarkissian et al 2011, Sarkissian et al 2010), and epistemology (Weinberg et al 2001, Beebe & Buckwalter 2010, Starmans & Friedman 2012).

Current Controversies in Experimental PhilosophyReview – Current Controversies in Experimental Philosophy
by Edouard Machery (Editor)
Routledge, 2014
Review by Christophe Al-Saleh
Jul 21st 2015 (Volume 19, Issue 30)


Where’s Kim?

The Barn

Whatever happened to Kim Schneider? Several years ago and in another country I was writing a column for the local paper and came across a wonderful painter – Kim Schneider. I bought a painting from her (above – The Barn) and wrote a column about her.

Does anyone know what happened to Kim? Are you out there, Kim?

The painting, THE BARN, was recently transferred to our grandson and now hangs happily on his wall after a long time on ours!





As one of the final outputs of the Character Project at Wake Forest University (www.thecharacterproject.com), we have produced a number of new videos featuring researchers in philosophy, theology, and psychology.

One set of videos is from our final conference in May, 2015. Speakers include Neil Levy, Valerie Tiberius, Gopal Sreenivasan, Tanya Chartrand and Korrina Duffy, William Fleeson, Dan Batson, Christian Miller, Andrea Glenn, Daryl Cameron, and Jen Wright and Thomas Nadelhoffer. See http://www.thecharacterproject.com/videos.php?y=2015

Another set of videos is for our “In Character” series featuring two researchers talking with each other about their findings.  New videos have been posted by Erik Helzer and Sara Konrath, Jessica Sommerville and Elizabeth Boerger, Charles Starkey and Daniel McKaughan, and Bradford Cokelet and Ray Yeo. See http://studyofcharacter.com/character-project-videos

We hope these videos will be of interest, and are very grateful to the Templeton World Charity Foundation for funding.

All the best, Christian (on behalf of the Character Project)

Christian B. Miller, Ph.D.
Professor of Philosophy
Director, The Character Project
Wake Forest University