Are Thought Experiments Experiments?
Sorensen (Roy)
Source: Thought Experiments, Roy A. Sorensen, 1992, Chapter 9
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Author’s Abstract1

  1. The suspicion that 'thought experiment' is a systematically misleading expression is addressed in chapter 9.
  2. Since I put so much weight on the accuracy of the surface grammar, I itemize how 'thought experiment' is actually a systematically leading expression.
  3. This catalogue of hot tips raises a variety of issues ranging from how thought experiments differ from simulations to the ethics of fantasy.

Sections
  1. Systematically Misleading Expressions – 216
  2. Comparisons with Lookalikes – 218
    … A. Imaginary Experiments – 218
    … B. Fictional Experiments – 222
    … C. Mythical Experiments – 224
    … D. Models, Simulations, Reenactments – 225
  3. The Analogy with Ordinary Experiments – 228
    … A. The Taxonomic Point of the Analogy – 229
    … B. Points of Resemblance – 230
    … C. Points of Difference – 241
    … D. Bogus Points of Difference – 248
  4. A Lopsided Tally – 250

Comment:

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


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