Sorensen (Roy)
Source: Thought Experiments, Roy A. Sorensen, 1992, Chapter 5
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Author’s Abstract1

  1. Thomas Kuhn's work on thought experiments2 gives me a running start. In "A Function for Thought Experiments3," he argued that they revealed a special kind of contradiction — a type of local incoherency.
  2. Standard logic has no room for this notion of a noninfectious, contingent contradiction. Hence, Kuhn's persuasive and insightful application of this feral concept startles conservatives like me.
  3. After showing why we should continue to side with standard logic, I try to salvage the insight driving Kuhn's heresy in chapter 5. The basic idea is that a group of tricky factors leads Kuhn to construe relative inconsistency as an exotic sort of absolute inconsistency.
  4. Crucial to the diagnosis is identification of the tricky thought experiments4 as paradoxes.

  1. Kuhn on the Received Opinion – 111
  2. Misfits – 112
  3. The Left Hand of Logic – 114
  4. Truth or Dare? 116
    … A. The Incoherence of Incoherent Concepts – 116
    … B. Violation of Logical Conservatism – 119
  5. Reconstruction of Kuhn's Error – 122
    … A. The Guts of Paradox – 122
    … B. Conflationary Factors – 123
    … C. The Phenomenology of Inconsistency – 127
    … D. Counteranalysis of Kuhn's Cases – 128
    … E. Taxonomic Prospects – 130


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

Footnote 3: I have which are presumably the same paper.

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