The analysis of a concept is intended to conform to

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intuition. The analysis of a concept is intended to conform to our most basic thoughts about proper usage of terms. I suggest, however, that this revival of the notion of intuition is not the final story in philosophical method. There is disagreement, sometimes irresolvable, about intuitions. I believe there is something suspicious about the "basic" character of intuition, because intuitions are shaped by life experiences. A legacy of Wittgenstein is the recognition that "forms of life" must be taken into account in the
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understanding of linguistic practices. Consider a student who has "ordinary" intuitions about what it is to know, for example. This student will make all kinds of knowledge claims at the drop of a hat. But then expose the student to a diet of Descartes and Hume, and suddenly you have a skeptic on your hands. If you make a knowledge claim, that student will demand an explanation of how you can be sure you are not mistaken. When you reply that you cannot tell, the student replies triumphantly that, obviously, you lack knowledge. (Maybe this recounts the experience of the author of these notes.) Next Lecture 1994 Lecture Notes
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