Organon F

Volume 27, November 2020, Issue 4, Pages 437–445

ISSN 2585-7150 (online) ISSN 1335-0668 (print)

Research Article

Laudan, Intuition and Normative Naturalism

Howard Sankey


The aim of this paper is to document Laudan’s rejection of the appeal to intuition in the context of his development of normative naturalism. At one point in the development of his methodological thinking, Laudan appealed to pre-analytic intuitions, which might be employed to identify episodes in the history of science against which theories of scientific methodology are to be tested. However, Laudan came to reject this appeal to intuitions, and rejected this entire approach to the evaluation of a theory of method. This is an important stage in the development of his normative naturalist meta-methodology.


Epistemic normativity; meta-methodology; method; theory-change.

Author(s) and affiliation(s)


Howard Sankey


University of Melbourne


School of Historical and Philosophical Studies, University of Melbourne, Parkville, Victoria, Australia 3010


About this article


6 February 2020


3 June 2020

Published online

16 June 2020


Institute of Philosophy of the Slovak Academy of Sciences

Institute of Philosophy of the Czech Academy of Sciences

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Sankey, H. (2020). Laudan, Intuition and Normative Naturalism. Organon F27(4), 437–445.


Sankey, Howard. 2020. "Laudan, Intuition and Normative Naturalism." Organon F 27 (4): 437–445.


Sankey, H.  (2020). Laudan, Intuition and Normative Naturalism. Organon F, 27(4), pp. 437–445.

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