The division between authors into rationalist and empiricist is often deemed artificial. A frame imposed on early modern philosophers, not of their own making. That between speculative and experimental philosophy, by contrast, is one that also authors in the seventeenth century would have been able to identify with.
Such resonance makes it extra exciting that NYU is holding a conference on experimental philosophy with a historical bend, Experimental Philosophy Through History, on February 20th. Areas discussed range from intuition in Confucian ethics to neo-Kantian anti-empiricism, via Hume, Locke, and decapitation.
Here is the program:
10:00–11:00“What Was the Neo-Kantian Backlash against Empirical Philosophy About?”Scott Edgar (Saint Mary’s University)discussion by John Richardson (New York University)
11:00–12:00“The Curious Case of the Decapitated Frog: An Experimental Test of Epiphenomenalism?”Alex Klein (California State University)discussion by Henry Cowles (Yale University)
1:30–2:30“Experimental Philosophy and Mad – Folk Psychology: Methodological Considerations from Locke”Kathryn Tabb (Columbia University)discussion by Don Garrett (New York University)
2:30–3:30“Intuition and Experimentation in Confucian Ethics”Hagop Sarkissian (Baruch College, CUNY)discussion by Stephen Angle (Wesleyan University)
3:50–4:50“The Impact of Experimental Natural Philosophy on Moral Philosophy in the Early Modern Period”Peter Anstey (The University of Sydney)discussion by Stephen Darwall (Yale University)
4:50–5:50“Experimental Philosophy and Eighteenth-Century Sentimentalism: Hume, Turnbull, and Fordyce”Alberto Vanzo (University of Warwick)discussion by Alison McIntyre (Wellesley College)