Intuition-Talk: Virus or Virtue?

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The word ‘intuition’ is used frequently both in philosophy and in discussions about philosophical methods. It has been argued that this intuition-talk makes no (clear) semantic contribution and that intuition-talk is thus a bad habit that ought to be abandoned. I urge caution in making this inference. There are many pragmatic roles intuition-talk might play. Moreover, according to one plausible story (for which there is some empirical support), there is reason to think intuition-talk is actually a good habit for philosophers to have.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)523-531
Number of pages9
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 22 Jan 2017


  • Philosophy
  • Metaphilosophy
  • Intuitions
  • Philosophical Methodology
  • Linguistics
  • English for academic purposes,
  • Hedges


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