Single Idea 20182

[catalogued under 12. Knowledge Sources / E. Direct Knowledge / 2. Intuition]

Full Idea

Careful study of uses of 'intuitive' will reveal that it often plays no significant argumentative role, and that removal will improve overall argumentative transparency.

Gist of Idea

The word 'intuitive' often plays not role at all in arguments, and can be removed


Herman Cappelen (Philosophy without Intuitions [2012], 04.1)

Book Reference

Cappelen,Herman: 'Philosophy Without Intuitions' [OUP 2012], p.64

A Reaction

This is a key part of Cappelen's argument that 'intuition' is a rather empty concept, and that philosophers do not really rely on it. In effect, he is consigning it to mere rhetoric. He gives lots of examples in support.