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Editorial Reviews


"The research findings in this book are genuinely fascinating, and Alexander does an admirable job of drawing out their implications for contemporary philosophy."
Political Studies Review

"A terrific overview of central debates in this new research field."
Metapsychology Online Reviews

"An enormously valuable volume.  It is the first book-length treatment of experimental philosophy, and it does an excellent job of describing the state of the art and assessing the controversies that experimental philosophy has provoked."
Stephen Stich, Rutgers University

"The first of its kind; the only book that features a sustained argument for the general relevance of experimental philosophy to philosophical debates."
Adam Feltz, Schreiner University

"Experimental philosophy is only a decade old, but has already generated a lot of interesting discoveries, as well as a great deal of attention and criticism.  The time is ripe for a systematic introduction to the field that summarizes these discoveries and addresses the criticisms.  Joshua Alexander delivers the goods.  His book provides interested students with an excellent overview of experimental philosophy, and it challenges philosophers to consider what intuitions are, what role they should play in philosophical theories, and how experimental methods can advance philosophical debates."
Eddy Nahmias, Georgia State University

"Experimental philosophy hosts the most exciting work in contemporary philosophy, and it attracts the most innovative philosophers. Joshua Alexander has written an outstanding introduction to this electrifying new philosophical approach. This book is a pleasure to read, a remarkable overview of the work done by experimental philosophers, and also a substantial contribution to the many philosophical issues raised by experimental philosophy. "
Edouard Machery, University of Pittsburgh

About the Author

Joshua Alexander is assistant professor of philosophy at Siena College. He has published in a range of leading journals including Philosophy of Science and Philosophy and Phenomenological Research.

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  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Polity; 1 edition (May 29, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0745649181
  • ISBN-13: 978-0745649184
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.6 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By HistoryTeach100 on October 18, 2012
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I really enjoyed this work. It makes the subject very accessible. I am not a philosopher, but I was able to follow the material and really understand it. I would highly recommend this work to anyone interested in becoming a better thinker
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Excellent introduction to X-Phi. I wrote a longish (10 page) review of it in Philosophia 40 (4):903-917 (2012). Read it here: https://www.academia.edu/1872391/Critical_Study_of_Experimental_Philosophy_by_Joshua_Alexander_10_pp_

Experimental Philosophy: An Introduction, by Joshua Alexander, is the first book-length monograph treating exclusively of experimental philosophy, and, as such brings with it considerable excitement. A new interdisciplinary movement, experimental philosophy uses the empirical methods of social psychology and cognitive science to explore questions normally associated with philosophy. Most commonly, experimental philosophers gather data through surveys that probe ordinary intuitions about specific philosophical debates.

In its early “Gotcha!” phase, many papers in experimental philosophy seemed to aim at merely embarrassing “armchair” philosophy. But as experimental philosophy has progressed and matured it carried on a detailed metaphilosophical discussion about what role intuitions play inphilosophical practice; (2) contributed to classic and contemporary philosophical debates by collecting data on ordinary intuitions, sometimes shifting the dialectical burden; and (3) constructed theories that explain the intuitive judgments people make by positing particular mechanisms underlying those judgments.

Alexander’s volume, while slim, can educate those to whom experimental philosophy is entirely new;it can serve to anchor an undergraduate class on experimental philosophy; and it can go toe-to-toe with experimental philosophy’s many critics.
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