The Epistemology of Philosophy

This project aims to explain how philosophical knowledge is possible and how we can vindicate it against some of the most formidable challenges posed against it in recent years, especially the challenge of negative experimental philosophy and the challenge from ordinary language philosophy. Briefly, I do three things. First, I argue that the most promising response to the challenge of negative experimental philosophy is the claim of epistemological continuity and the rejection of philosophical exceptionalism. Second, I show that a better way of vindicating the claim of epistemological continuity is not Timothy Williamson's off-line simulation or Herman Cappelen and Max Deutsch's argument view but the application of a notion of virtue that grows out from a certain reading of Aristotle's Nichomachean Ethics. Third, I use this account of epistemological continuity to deal with the challenge of ordinary language philosophy.