On Gettier Holdouts



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    1. Department of Philosophy, Princeton University
    2. Research School of Social Sciences, The Australian National University
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  • I am indebted to very helpful discussion at a Kline workshop on experimental philosophy, University of Missouri, Columbia, 23-24 April 2010, and to David Braddon-Mitchell, Simon Cullen and Michael Smith.

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How should we react to the contention that there is empirical evidence showing that many judge Gettier cases to be cases of knowledge, contrary to the verdict of most analytical philosophers about these cases? I argue that there is no single answer to this question. The discussion is set inside a view about how to view the role and significance of intuitive responses to some of philosophy's famous thought experiments. One take-home message is that experimental philosophy and conceptual analysis are not as far apart as is often thought.