Introduction: Why Common Sense Matters

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This Introduction describes the role, function, and relevance of common sense beliefs in our doxastic lives.

This introduction shows why and how common sense matters to philosophy, thus lighting up the terrain that subsequent chapters explore in much greater detail. First, it explains briefly what common sense is, and next, what common-sense philosophy is. Then it considers whether, and if so, how, common sense should matter to philosophy; can we not do without common sense? Subsequently, it turns to criticisms of the idea that common sense matters to philosophy, and of the very idea of common-sense philosophy. It concludes with a short note on the organization of the book.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Cambridge Companion to Common-Sense Philosophy
EditorsRik Peels, Rene van Woudenberg
Place of PublicationCambridge
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9781108598163, 9781108636247
ISBN (Print)9781108476003, 9781108469364
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2020

Publication series

NameCambridge companions in philosophy
PublisherCambridge University Press


  • common sense, history of common sense; Reid, Moore, Wittgenstein


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