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Can There Be a Discipline of Philosophy? And Can It Be Founded on Intuitions?


  • My grateful thanks to Blake Roeber for various research assistance.

Ernest Sosa, Department of Philosophy, Rutgers University, 1 Seminary Place, New Brunswick, NJ 08901, USA.


This paper takes up the critique of armchair philosophy drawn by some experimental philosophers from survey results. It also takes up a more recent development with increased methodological sophistication. The argument based on disagreement among respondents suggests a much more serious problem for armchair philosophy and puts in question the standing of our would-be discipline.