Interview on Experimental Philosophy with Joshua Knobe


  • Pendaran S. Roberts University of Warwick
  • Joshua Knobe Yale University; Program in Cognitive Science & Department of Philosophy
  • Pendaran Roberts Department of Philosophy, University of Warwick
  • Joshua Knobe Program in Cognitive Science & Department of Philosophy, Yale University



Philosophy, experimental philosophy, Joshua Knobe, interview


This conversation piece contains an interview with Joshua Knobe. It provides a useful introduction to what experimental philosophy is and the interdisciplinary collaborations it encourages. Pendaran Roberts and Joshua Knobe collaboratively developed this conversation piece via email. Joshua Knobe is a renowned experimental philosopher, who works on a range of philosophical issues, including philosophy of mind, action and ethics. He is a professor in the Program in Cognitive Science and the Department of Philosophy at Yale University. He is most known for what is now called the ‘Knobe effect’.


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Pendaran S. Roberts, University of Warwick


Color, Metaphysics, Philosophy of Mind, etc.

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De Freitas, J., Tobia, K. P., Newman, G. E., & Knobe, J. (2016). Normative judgments and individual essence. Cognitive Science. URL:

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Knobe, J. (forthcoming). Experimental Philosophy is Cognitive Science. In Sytsma, J. & Buckwalter, W. (eds.) A Companion to Experimental Philosophy. Blackwell.

Knobe, J. (2015). Philosophers are doing something different now: Quantitative data. Cognition, 135, 36-38. URL:

Newman, G. E., Bloom, P., & Knobe, J. (2013). Value judgments and the true self. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 40, 203-216. URL:

Newman, G. E., De Freitas, J., & Knobe, J. (2015). Beliefs about the true self explain asymmetries based on moral judgment. Cognitive Science, 39(1), 96-125.


Nichols, S. (2004). Is religion what we want? Motivation and the cultural transmission of religious representations. Journal of Cognition and Culture,4(2), 347-371.

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Ripley, D. (2009, July). Contradictions at the borders. In International Workshop on Vagueness in Communication (pp. 169-188). Springer Berlin Heidelberg.


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