Philosophical Thought Experiments as Excercises in Conceptual Analysis

  title={Philosophical Thought Experiments as Excercises in Conceptual Analysis},
  author={Christian Nimtz},
In the paper, I defend the viability and importance of conceptual analysis to philosophical inquiry. My argument proceeds in two steps. In a first step, I argue that we rely on the notions guiding how we do and would apply our terms in order to evaluate the counterfactual conditionals we find at the heart of philosophical thought-experiments. In a second step, I argue that our notions determine what the relevant terms mean in our mouth. In order to defend the resulting neodescriptivist… CONTINUE READING

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