The Philosophical Personality Argument

  title={The Philosophical Personality Argument},
  author={Adam Feltz and Edward T. Cokely},
  journal={Philosophical Studies},
Perhaps personality traits substantially influence one’s philosophically relevant intuitions. This suggestion is not only possible, it is consistent with a growing body of empirical research: Personality traits have been shown to be systematically related to diverse intuitions concerning some fundamental philosophical debates. We argue that this fact, in conjunction with the plausible principle that almost all adequate philosophical views should take into account all available and relevant… 
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