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Thought Experiments

Roy A. Sorensen


Can merely thinking about an imaginary situation provide evidence for how the world actually is — or how it ought to be? This book addresses this question with an analysis of a wide variety of thought experiments ranging from aesthetics to zoology. Presenting the first general theory of thought experiment, the book sets it within an evolutionary framework and integrates recent advances in experimental psychology and the history of science, with special emphasis on Ernst Mach and Thomas Kuhn. The book explores what thought experiments are, how they work, and what their virtues and vices are. In ... More

Keywords: imaginary situations, experimental psychology, history of science, Ernst Mach, Thomas Kuhn

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1999 Print ISBN-13: 9780195129137
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2006 DOI:10.1093/019512913X.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Roy A. Sorensen, author
New York University
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