Intuition Pumps and the Proper Use of Thought Experiments

@article{Brendel2005IntuitionPA,
  title={Intuition Pumps and the Proper Use of Thought Experiments},
  author={Elke Brendel},
  journal={Dialectica},
  year={2005},
  volume={58},
  pages={89-108}
}
I begin with an explication of "thought experiment". I then clarify the role that intuitions play in thought experiments by addressing two important issues: (1) the informativeness of thought experiments and (2) the legitimacy of the method of thought experiments in philosophy and the natural sciences. I defend a naturalistic account of intuitions that provides a plausible explanation of the informativeness of thought experiments, which, in turn, allows thought experiments to be reconstructed… 
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