When Joshua Knobe and Shaun Nichols published Experimental Philosophy (OUP 2008) it was a milestone for our field (or movement or approach, as you wish) in that is solidified our place at the philosophical table. In my biased eyes, it made it clear that experimental philosophy both would and should be here to stay (in all its various shapes and forms).
Now, five years later, the dynamic duo have done it again with the publication of Experimental Philosophy: Volume Two (OUP 2013). Unsurprisingly, Knobe and Nichols have put together a stellar line up of contributors (many of whom are also contributors to this blog!).
Here is the description:
Experimental Philosophy: Volume 2 contains fourteen articles -- thirteen previously published and one new -- that reflect the fast-moving changes in the field over the last five years.
The field of experimental philosophy is one of the most innovative and exciting parts of the current philosophical landscape; it has also engendered controversy. Proponents argue that philosophers should employ empirical research, including the methods of experimental psychology, to buttress their philosophical claims. Rather than armchair theorizing, experimental philosophers should go into the field to research how people actually think and reason. In a sense this is a return to a view of philosophy as the progenitor of psychology: inherently concerned with the human condition, with no limits to its scope or methods. In the course of the last decade, many experimental philosophers have overturned assumptions about how people think in the real world. This volume provides an essential guide to the most influential recent work on this vital and exciting area of philosophical research.
Here is the table of contents:
Part I. Metaphilosophy
- Antti Kauppinen. The Rise and Fall of Experimental Philosophy.
- Joshua Alexander, Ron Mallon, and Jonathan M. Weinberg. Accentuate the Negative.
- Jen Wright. On intuitional stability: The clear, the strong, and the paradigmatic.
Part II. Consciousness
- Heather Gray, Kurt Gray, and Daniel Wegner. Dimensions of mind perception.
- Justin Sytsma and Edouard Machery. Two conceptions of subjective experience.
- Adam Arico, Brian Fiala, Robert F. Goldberg & Shaun Nichols. The Folk Psychology of Consciousness.
Part III. Metaethics
- Geoffrey Goodwin and John Darley. The psychology of meta-ethics: Exploring objectivism.
- Hagop Sarkissian, John Park, David Tien, Jennifer Wright & Joshua Knobe. Folk Moral Relativism.
Part IV. The Impact of Morality on Judgment
- Joshua Knobe. Person as Scientist, Person as Moralist.
- Mark Alicke, David Rose & Dori Bloom. Causation, Norm Violation and Culpable Control.
- Kevin Uttich and Tania Lomborozo . Norms inform mental state ascriptions: A rational explanation for the side-effect effect.
Part V. Miscellaneous
- Paul Griffiths, Edouard Machery and Stefan Linquist. The Vernacular Concept of Innateness.
- Wesley Buckwalter and Stephen Stich. Gender and Philosophical Intuition.
- Eric Schwitzgebel and Fiery Cushman. Expertise in Moral Reasoning? Order Effects on Moral Judgment in Professional Philosophers and Non-Philosophers.
If you haven't already read these 14 articles (and even if you have), you should get the book! Congrats and thanks to Knobe and Nichols for doing another service to the experimental philosophy community. Teaching a seminar on experimental philosophy just got all that easier.