Ingo Brigandt: Beware of metaphilosophy? Reflections on the connection between experimental philosophy and conceptual engineering

Beware of metaphilosophy? Reflections on the connection between experimental philosophy and conceptual engineering

Ingo Brigandt, University of Alberta

Abstract:
Conceptual engineering and experimental philosophy are related in that they have the same critical target: traditional conceptual analysis. At the same time, although metaphilosophical discussions and developments are needed, I argue that this is often overshadowed by debates centering on conceptual analysis and the method of cases. Whereas experimental philosophy is merely a method, which needs some philosophical aim to be legitimate, conceptual engineering is in fact a significant philosophical aim. Conceptual engineering also includes important normative considerations, which experimental philosophy lacks. While conceptual engineering does need the involvement of empirical methods, I contend that these need not be the standards methods of experimental philosophy, which I illustrate with examples that call for empirical considerations about broader social effects.

Published Nov. 11, 2019 2:49 PM - Last modified Dec. 2, 2019 3:28 PM