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Estimating the Reproducibility of Experimental Philosophy

Type of publication Peer-reviewed
Publikationsform Original article (peer-reviewed)
Author CovaFlorian, StricklandBrent, ReuterKevin, DíazRodrigo,
Project The Conceptual Space of the Affective Mind
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Original article (peer-reviewed)

Journal Review of Philosophy and Psychology
Page(s) 1
Title of proceedings Review of Philosophy and Psychology
DOI 10.1007/s13164-018-0400-9

Open Access

Type of Open Access Repository (Green Open Access)


Responding to recent concerns about the reliability of the published literature in psychology and other disciplines, we formed the X-Phi Replicability Project (XRP) to estimate the reproducibility of experimental philosophy ( Drawing on a representative sample of 40 x-phi studies published between 2003 and 2015, we enlisted 20 research teams across 8 countries to conduct a high-quality replication of each study in order to compare the results to the original published findings. We found that x-phi studies – as represented in our sample – successfully replicated about 70% of the time. We discuss possible reasons for this relatively high replication rate in the field of experimental philosophy and offer suggestions for best research practices going forward.