Date of Award

Spring 1-1-2013

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

Philosophy

First Advisor

Robert Rupert

Second Advisor

Michael Huemer

Third Advisor

Daniel Z. Korman

Abstract

This thesis has a negative and a positive goal. The negative goal consists of showing (i) that the standard analyses of intuition are flawed, (ii) that there are a number of unwarranted assumptions that underpin the experimentalist approach to intuitions, (iii) that the experimentalist methodology rests on seriously unstable ground, and (iv) that the standard rationalist response to the experimentalist‘s challenge is inadequate. The positive goal is to demonstrate that it is nevertheless possible to give a sound metaphysical account of intuition reliability. I say why we must think there are reliable intuitions, then I spell out in detail what the structure of the correct account must look like.

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