Experimental philosophical logic

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This chapter explores the intersection of experimental philosophy and philosophical logic. It considers a distinction between pure and applied logic. It sketches some ways in which experimental results and empirical results more broadly, can inform and have informed debates within philosophical logic. The chapter lays out a way of looking at the situation that makes plain at least one way in which people should expect experimental and logical concerns to overlap. It turns to the phenomenon of vagueness, where people can see this overlap explored and developed from multiple angles, showing just how intimately related experiment and logic can be. Logic is not only useful for exploring hypotheses about truth conditions and entailments but also for exploring hypotheses about reasoning. Logical and experiment can fruitfully interact in a variety of applications, and that is all people need for experimental philosophical logic to be worthwhile.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationA Companion to Experimental Philosophy
EditorsJustin Sytsma, Wesley Buckwalter
Place of PublicationHoboken NJ USA
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9781118661697
ISBN (Print)9781118661703
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameBlackwell Companions to Philosophy


  • Experimental philosophical logic
  • Reasoning
  • Vagueness

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