Philosophy v. Common Sense


Speaking of philosophical methodologies (and there is of course a lot that falls under that heading), one longstanding issue is the extent to which philosophy must ultimately conform with common sense. Of course there have been countless counterintuitive theses defended in the history of philosophy, but the dominant view today seems to be that philosophy is indeed in some way answerable to common sense. I hold out hope for philosophy’s revisionist power, so it was a pleasure to read “Why Philosophy Can Overturn Common Sense” by Susanna Rinard, an assistant professor at the University of Missouri – Kansas City. The essay appears in the Oxford Studies in Epistemology, vol. 4 (edited by Tamar Szabo Gendler & John Hawthorne). Feel free to suggest other recent work on this topic in the comments.

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