<!DOCTYPE html><HTML lang="en"> <head><meta charset="utf-8"> <title>Sorensen (Roy) - The Evolution of Thought Experiments (Theo Todman's Book Collection - Paper Abstracts) </title> <link href="../../TheosStyle.css" rel="stylesheet" type="text/css"><link rel="shortcut icon" href="../../TT_ICO.png" /></head> <BODY> <CENTER> <div id="header"><HR><h1>Theo Todman's Web Page - Paper Abstracts</h1><HR></div><A name="Top"></A> <TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=950> <tr><th><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_05/PaperSummary_5528.htm">The Evolution of Thought Experiments</A></th></tr> <tr><th><A HREF = "../../Authors/S/Author_Sorensen (Roy).htm">Sorensen (Roy)</a></th></tr> <tr><th>Source: Thought Experiments, Roy A. Sorensen, 1992, Chapter 8</th></tr> <tr><th>Paper - Abstract</th></tr> </TABLE> </CENTER> <P><CENTER><TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=600><tr><td><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_05/PaperSummary_5528.htm">Paper Summary</A></td><td><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_05/PaperCitings_5528.htm">Books / Papers Citing this Paper</A></td><td><A HREF="#ColourConventions">Text Colour-Conventions</a></td></tr></TABLE></CENTER></P> <hr><P><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><u>Author s <U><A HREF="#On-Page_Link_P5528_1">Abstract</A></U><SUB>1</SUB><a name="On-Page_Return_P5528_1"></A></u><FONT COLOR = "800080"><ol type="1"><li>Having taken Kuhn's insight as far as I can, this chapter returns <a name="1"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_32.htm">thought experiments</A><SUP>2</SUP> to their unregimented state. </li><li>My goal here is to define '<a name="2"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_32.htm">thought experiment</A><SUP>3</SUP>' and dig to its origin. I argue that <a name="3"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_32.htm">thought experiments</A><SUP>4</SUP> evolved from experiment through a process of attenuation. This builds inductive momentum behind the theme that <a name="4"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_32.htm">thought experiments</A><SUP>5</SUP> are experiments. </li><li>My commitment to viewing them as limiting cases of experiment is solidified by defining <a name="5"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_32.htm">thought experiments</A><SUP>6</SUP> as experiments that purport to deal with their questions by contemplation of their design rather than by execution. But in the course of this analysis another reduction is endorsed: in addition to being experiments and paradoxes, <a name="6"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_32.htm">thought experiments</A><SUP>7</SUP> are stories. </li><li>This brings one of the book's minor themes into prominence: many of the issues raised by <a name="7"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_32.htm">thought experiments</A><SUP>8</SUP> are prefigured in aesthetics and the logic of fiction. </li></ol> </FONT><BR><u>Sections</u><FONT COLOR = "800080"><ol type="1"><li>'Experiment' Defined  186<BR>& A. Stereotypical Features of Experiment  186<BR>& B. A Cognitive Aim Is Essential to Experiment  189</li><li>Execution Is an Optional Part of Experiment  190</li><li>The Progression from Experiment to <a name="8"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_32.htm">Thought Experiment</A><SUP>9</SUP>  192</li><li>Classifying <a name="9"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_32.htm">Thought Experiments</A><SUP>10</SUP> by Grounds for Inaction  197<BR>& A. Unimprovables  197<BR>& B. Unaffordables  199<BR>& C. Impossibles  200</li><li>The Immigration of the Supposition Operator  202</li><li>A Definition of '<a name="10"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_32.htm">Thought Experiment</A><SUP>11</SUP>'  205<BR>& A. The Selectivity of the Definition  206<BR>& B. Stereotypical Features of <a name="11"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_32.htm">Thought Experiments</A><SUP>12</SUP>  208</li><li>Verbal Disputes over '<a name="12"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_32.htm">Thought Experiment</A><SUP>13</SUP>'  210</li><li>Five Theses Recapitulated  212 </li></ol> </FONT><hr><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><B>Comment: </B><BR><BR>Photocopy of complete Book filed in <a name="14"></a>"<A HREF = "../../BookSummaries/BookSummary_05/BookPaperAbstracts/BookPaperAbstracts_5975.htm">Various - Papers on Identity Boxes: Vol 17 (S2: Sm+)</A>".<BR><BR><HR><BR><U><B>In-Page Footnotes</U></B><a name="On-Page_Link_P5528_1"></A><BR><BR><U><A HREF="#On-Page_Return_P5528_1"><B>Footnote 1</B></A></U>: Taken from <a name="13"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_05/Abstract_5520.htm">Sorensen (Roy) - Thought Experiments: Introduction</A>". <BR><BR><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR></P><a name="ColourConventions"></a><p><b>Text Colour Conventions (see <A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_10/Notes_1025.htm">disclaimer</a>)</b></p><OL TYPE="1"><LI><FONT COLOR = "0000FF">Blue</FONT>: Text by me; &copy; Theo Todman, 2018</li><LI><FONT COLOR = "800080">Mauve</FONT>: Text by correspondent(s) or other author(s); &copy; the author(s)</li></OL> <BR><HR><BR><CENTER> <TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=950> <TR><TD WIDTH="30%">&copy; Theo Todman, June 2007 - August 2018.</TD> <TD WIDTH="40%">Please address any comments on this page to <A HREF="mailto:theo@theotodman.com">theo@theotodman.com</A>.</TD> <TD WIDTH="30%">File output: <time datetime="2018-08-02T06:34" pubdate>02/08/2018 06:34:14</time> <br><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_10/Notes_1010.htm">Website Maintenance Dashboard</A></TD></TR> <TD WIDTH="30%"><A HREF="#Top">Return to Top of this Page</A></TD> <TD WIDTH="40%"><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_11/Notes_1140.htm">Return to Theo Todman's Philosophy Page</A></TD> <TD WIDTH="30%"><A HREF="../../index.htm">Return to Theo Todman's Home Page</A></TD> </TR></TABLE></CENTER><HR> </BODY> </HTML>