Philosophy 5 - 1.2 How Do Philosophers Arrive at Truth?

By the end of this section, you will be able to:

  • Identify philosophical methods of inquiry.
  • Explain the role of logical consequences in assessing a philosophical position.
  • Define conceptual analysis, coherence, argument, intuition, and experimental philosophy.
  • Explain the importance of trade-offs in establishing a philosophical position.

We have seen some examples of how philosophy emerged in antiquity, its relationship to natural philosophy and modern science, and one goal of philosophy, specifically—to provide a coherent story of how the world as it appears to us can be explained in a way that also makes sense of what the sciences tells us. In this section, we describe in greater detail the specific strategies and tools that philosophers use to arrive at truth.

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The content of this course has been taken from the free Philosophy textbook by Openstax