Are Thought Experiments Just What You Thought

@article{Norton1996AreTE,
  title={Are Thought Experiments Just What You Thought},
  author={J. Norton},
  journal={Canadian Journal of Philosophy},
  year={1996},
  volume={26},
  pages={333-366}
}
  • J. Norton
  • Published 1996
  • Philosophy
  • Canadian Journal of Philosophy
Whatever the original intent, the introduction of the term 'thought experiment' has proved to be one of the great public relations coups of science writing. For generations of readers of scientific literature, the term has planted the seed of hope that the fragment of text they have just read is more than mundane. Because it was a thought experiment, does it not tap into that infallible font of all wisdom in empiricist science, the experiment? And because it was conducted in thought, does it… Expand
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