Intuition Pumps and the Proper Use of Thought Experiments

@article{Brendel2005IntuitionPA,
  title={Intuition Pumps and the Proper Use of Thought Experiments},
  author={E. Brendel},
  journal={Dialectica},
  year={2005},
  volume={58},
  pages={89-108}
}
  • E. Brendel
  • Published 2005
  • Philosophy
  • Dialectica
  • 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… CONTINUE READING
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