The a posteriori armchair

Nolan, Daniel (2015) The a posteriori armchair. Australasian Journal of Philosophy, 93 2: 211-231. doi:10.1080/00048402.2014.961165

Author Nolan, Daniel
Title The a posteriori armchair
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The a posteriori armchair
Journal name Australasian Journal of Philosophy   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0004-8402
Publication date 2015-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/00048402.2014.961165
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 93
Issue 2
Start page 211
End page 231
Total pages 21
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
Formatted abstract
A lot of good philosophy is done in the armchair, but is nevertheless a posteriori. This paper clarifies and then defends that claim. Among the a posteriori activities done in the armchair are assembling and evaluating commonplaces; formulating theoretical alternatives; and integrating well-known past a posteriori discoveries. The activity that receives the most discussion, however, is the application of theoretical virtues to choose philosophical theories: the paper argues that much of this is properly seen as a posteriori.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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