I received a Sapere Aude Starting Grant from the Danish Council for Independent Research for a four-year project on Intuitions in Science and Philosophy. The project started in Jan 2016.
Can intuitions serve as good evidence? Intuitively not. Yet, intuitive judgements have played an evidential role in philosophical theorizing. That either makes philosophy a suspicious discipline, or intuitions about intuitive judgements are simply not correct. Interestingly intuitive judgements have also played an essential role in modern linguistics. What is more, even in fundamental science, such as physics, intuitive judgements arguably figure, namely in the context of thought experiments. And yet, intuitive judgements in fundamental science remain under-investigated, highly controversial in philosophy itself, and without an accepted justification in linguistics. This is where the project will step in: it will seek to elucidate the reasons why intuitive judgements can have an evidential function in all of these fields. The project will contribute towards bridging disciplinary divides, and more broadly, to a better understanding of the methodological similarities across fields.
The project team consists of me, two postdocs and one PhD student. For further details see here: http://projects.au.dk/intuitions/.
For an interview with the Danish Council for Independent Research, which touches on the motivations for the project click here (in Danish only).
In 2010 I received an Emmy-Noether-research grant of similar size from the German Research Foundation (DFG) for the project Towards a New Epistemology of Science.