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Thought Experiments$
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Roy A. Sorensen

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780195129137

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2006

DOI: 10.1093/019512913X.001.0001

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Our Most Curious Device

Our Most Curious Device

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(p.7) 1 Our Most Curious Device
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Thought Experiments
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Roy A. Sorensen (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/019512913X.003.0002

This chapter illustrates the power of thought experiments by assembling influential thought experiments from the history of science. It lays out the book's plan to understand philosophical thought experiments by concentrating on their resemblance to scientific relatives. Points of difference between philosophical and scientific thought experiments give a preview of obstacles that must be overcome in the course of the campaign. Naive and sophisticated reservations about the philosophical cases are registered for the same purpose.

Keywords:   choice, scientific thought experiments, philosophical thought experiments, history of science

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