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Philosophy Within Its Proper Bounds$
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Edouard Machery

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198807520

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198807520.001.0001

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Enshrining Our Prejudices

Enshrining Our Prejudices

(p.126) 4 Enshrining Our Prejudices
Philosophy Within Its Proper Bounds

Edouard Machery

Oxford University Press

Chapter 4 builds upon the second concern often brought against the method of cases: People make different judgments in response to cases. Chapter 4 develops a dilemma against the method of cases: If people are genuinely disagreeing, then according to the most important views in the epistemological literature on disagreement we ought to suspend judgment in response to cases; if people are in fact talking at cross purposes, then we should reorient our research priorities; instead of theorizing about what our judgments refer to, we should first decide what is worth theorizing about—the objects of our judgments or the objects of their judgments. Both arguments lead to the same conclusion: We should shelve the method of cases.

Keywords:   peer disagreement, conciliationist views, steadfast views, Condorcet’s jury theorem, parochialism, polysemy, philosophically unfamiliar, comparative philosophy, feminist philosophy

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