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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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(p.111) 5 Kuhntradictions
Thought Experiments

Roy A. Sorensen (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on Thomas Kuhn's account of thought experiments. It begins with what Kuhn takes to be the smart talk about thought experiments. It then details Kuhn's amendments to this view and raises objections, most of which are directed against the notion of local incoherence. Finally, Kuhn's error is reconstructed in order to salvage the considerable insight that it contains.

Keywords:   Thomas Kuhn, though experiment, local incoherence, objections

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