Experimental Philosophy Meets Formal Epistemology

In Sytsma & Buckwalter (eds.), Blackwell Companion to Experimental Philosophy. Blackwell (forthcoming)
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Abstract

Formal epistemology is just what it sounds like: epistemology done with formal tools. Coinciding with the general rise in popularity of experimental philosophy, formal epistemologists have begun to apply experimental methods in their own work. In this entry, I survey some of the work at the intersection of formal and experimental epistemology. I show that experimental methods have unique roles to play when epistemology is done formally, and I highlight some ways in which results from formal epistemology have been used fruitfully to advance epistemically-relevant experimental work. The upshot of this brief, incomplete survey is that formal and experimental methods often constitute mutually informative means to epistemological ends.

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Jonah N. Schupbach
University of Utah

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