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Philosophical Methodology

From Data to Theory

John Bengson, Terence Cuneo, and Russ Shafer-Landau

Publication Date - 03 October 2022

ISBN: 9780192862471

208 pages
8.0 x 5.3 inches

In Stock


Philosophical Methodology is a book addressed to the entire philosophical community. It develops a novel account of the structure and goals of inquiry, offers the first systematic discussion of philosophical data, and assesses extant philosophical methods. Introducing a new method for doing philosophy, it positions theorists to better understand their topics while also revealing how philosophy can continue to make progress in answering its foremost questions.


  • Presents a novel account of philosophical methodology
  • Suitable for advanced students as well as researchers
  • Offers an insightful analysis of the structure and goals of philosophical inquiry
  • Develops the first systematic treatment of the role of data in philosophy
  • Delivers a fresh perspective on philosophical progress

About the Author(s)

John Bengson is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Texas at Austin, having previously held appointments at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Harvard University, and the Centre for Consciousness at the Australian National University. He is the author of numerous articles on a wide range of topics in epistemology, philosophy of mind, philosophy of action, and moral philosophy.

Terence Cuneo is Marsh Professor of Intellectual and Moral Philosophy at the University of Vermont. He is the author of six books, as well as the editor of numerous others. He works primarily in the areas of moral philosophy, history of modern philosophy, and philosophy of religion.

Russ Shafer-Landau is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is past President of the American Philosophical Association (Central division), editor of Oxford Studies in Metaethics, Director of the Marc Sanders Prize in Metaethics, and host of the annual Madison Metaethics Workshop. He is the author or editor of more than a dozen books in philosophy.

Table of Contents

    1. The Nature of Inquiry
    2. Philosophical Data
    3. The Epistemic Theory of Data
    4. The Question of Method
    5. The Tri-Level Method
    6. Philosophical Progress