Our Most Curious Device
Sorensen (Roy)
Source: Thought Experiments, Roy A. Sorensen, 1992, Chapter 1
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Author’s Abstract1

  1. Chapter 1 motivates the study of thought experiments2 — in broad strokes. Their power is displayed by assembling influential thought experiments3 from the history of science.
  2. I then lay out my plan to understand philosophical thought experiments4 by concentrating on their resemblance to scientific relatives.
  3. Points of difference between philosophical and scientific thought experiments5 give us a preview of obstacles that must be overcome in the course of the campaign.
  4. Naïve and sophisticated reservations about the philosophical cases are registered for the same purpose.

  1. The Instrument of Choice – 7
  2. Scientific Thought Experiments6 – 8
  3. The Bridge to Philosophical Thought Experiments7 – 11
  4. Analytic Philosophy's Commitment to Thought Experiment8 – 15


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Footnote 1: Taken from "Sorensen (Roy) - Thought Experiments: Introduction".

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