Roland Bluhm - Corpus Analysis in Philosophy
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Corpus Analysis in Philosophy
The aim of this paper is to discuss the potential benefit of corpus analysis, a (partly) empirical method from linguistics, for philosophy. ‘Corpus analysis’ is not only the name of the method, but also a rough description of it, because the method consists in analysing data taken from linguistic text corpora. In linguistics, using such text corpora is an established practice. A fair number of them are nowadays freely accessible on the internet, and using them has become relatively easy, even for researchers without linguistic expertise. Surprisingly, corpus analysis has been widely disregarded by philosophers, including those that profess a methodical interest in language—a state of affairs that I believe ought to change.
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