The Cambridge Companion to Philosophical Methodology offers clear and comprehensive coverage of the main methodological debates and approaches within philosophy. The chapters in this volume approach the question of how to do philosophy from a wide range of perspectives, including conceptual analysis, critical theory, deconstruction, experimental philosophy, hermeneutics, Kantianism, methodological naturalism, phenomenology, and pragmatism. They explore general conceptions of philosophy, centred on the question of what the point of philosophising might be; the method of conceptual analysis and its recent naturalistic critics and competitors; perspectives from continental philosophy; and also a variety of methodological views that belong neither to the mainstream of analytic philosophy, nor to continental philosophy as commonly conceived. Together they will enable readers to grasp an unusually wide range of approaches to methodological debates in philosophy.
Soren Overgaard is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Copenhagen. His recent publications include Wittgenstein and Other Minds (2007) and An Introduction to Metaphilosophy (2013). Giuseppina D'Oro is Reader in Philosophy at Keele University. Her recent publications include Collingwood and the Metaphysics of Experience (2002), Collingwood's An Essay on Philosophical Method (2005) and Reasons and Causes: Causalism and Anti-Causalism in the Philosophy of Action (2013).
Introduction Soren Overgaard and Giuseppina D'Oro; Part I. Visions Of Philosophy: 1. Doing philosophy Alessandra Tanesini; 2. Philosophy as rational systematization Nicholas Rescher; 3. Sense-making from a human point of view Adrian Moore; 4. Disagreement in philosophy: an optimistic perspective Herman Cappelen; Part II. Conceptual Analysis and the Naturalistic Challenge: 5. Impure conceptual analysis Hans-Johann Glock; 6. What can we do, when we do metaphysics? Amie L. Thomasson; 7. Armchair metaphysics revisited: the three grades of involvement in conceptual analysis Frank Jackson; 8. A naturalistic methodology Hilary Kornblith; 9. What is negative experimental philosophy good for? Joanathan M. Weinberg; Part III. Between Analysis and the Continent: 10. Life-changing metaphysics: rational anthropology and its Kantian methodology Robert Hanna; 11. Collingwood's idealist metaontology: between therapy and armchair science Giuseppina D'oro; 12. Pragmatism and the limits of metaphilosophy Robert B. Talisse; 13. Metaphysical quietism and everyday life David Macarthur; 14. The metaphilosophy of the analytic-continental divide: from history to hope Robert Piercey; Part IV. Continental Perspectives: 15. Phenomenological method and the achievement of recognition: who's been waiting for phenomenology? David R. Cerbone; 16. Existentialist methodology and perspective: writing the first person Jack Reynolds and Patrick Stokes; 17. Hermeneutics and the question of method Kristin Gjesdal; 18. Critical theory's philosophy Fabian Freyenhagen; 19. An extension of deconstructionist methodology Leonard R. Lawlor; 20. Pathological experience: a challenge for transcendental constitution theory? Jean-Luc Petit.