Intuitions and individual differences: The knobe effect revisited

Shaun Nichols, Joseph Ulatowski

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Abstract

Recent work by Joshua Knobe indicates that people's intuition about whether an action was intentional depends on whether the outcome is good or bad. This paper argues that part of the explanation for this effect is that there are stable individual differences in how 'intentional' is interpreted. That is, in Knobe's cases, different people interpret the term in different ways. This interpretive diversity of 'intentional' opens up a new avenue to help explain Knobe's results. Furthermore, the paper argues that the use of intuitions in philosophy is complicated by fact that there are robust individual differences in intuitions about matters of philosophical concern.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)346-365
Number of pages20
JournalMind and Language
Volume22
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Philosophy
  • Linguistics and Language

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