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Alternative Methods in Experimental Philosophy 15th-16th July 2017

Taking place on the iconic campus of the University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK on the weekend of the 15th and 16th of July 2017, this will be the eighth annual conference of the Experimental Philosophy Group UK, presented with the support of the Mind Association and the Analysis Trust. The major theme for this year will be "Alternative Methods in Experimental Philosophy - Beyond the Questionnaire". When the new discipline of experimental philosophy began to become established in the early 2000s, a widely used method involved the creation of a scenario in the form of a thought experiment; participants were then asked  for their intuitive responses to variations on that scenario. The most famous result of this was the discovery of the Knobe Effect. Today, as the discipline matures, experimental philosophers are employing a variety of techniques drawn from psychology, psycholinguistics, computational neuroscience and the digital humanities (as well as many others) to explore empirically, age-old philosophical issues. Our conference, this July, will celebrate these approaches and some that we are yet to hear of!

The main purpose of the conference is to catalyse these developments by offering experimental philosophers from around the world the opportunity to familarise themselves with a variety of alternative methodologies, to explore fresh philosophical applications for these methods and to facilitate networking and the development of new, innovative collaborations.

We have invited keynote speakers whose work will be of interest to most experimental phlosophers. X-phi pioneer Shaun Nichols (Arizona) will open the conference. Ariana Betti (Amsterdam) will present intriguing new developments in the field of digital humanities. Closing the conference,  UEA philosopher Eugen Fischer and psychologist Paul Engelhardt will present results from their latest interdisciplinary collaboration.