Fallacies and Antifallacies
Sorensen (Roy)
Source: Thought Experiments, Roy A. Sorensen, 1992, Chapter 10
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Author’s Abstract1

  1. My final chapter assesses the hazards and pseudohazards of thought experiment.
  2. Although I grant that there are interesting ways in which the method leads us astray, I attack most scepticism about thought experiment as arbitrary.
  3. Once we apply standards that are customary for compasses, stethoscopes, and other testing devices, we find that thought experiments measure up. They should be used (as they generally are used) as part of a diversified portfolio of techniques. All of these devices are individually susceptible to abuse, fallacy, and error. But, happily, they provide a network of cross-checks that make for impressive collective reliability.
  4. So if there are sides to be taken, I count myself among the friends of thought experiment.

Sections
  1. The Biological Baseline – 252
  2. Myths and Abuses – 254
  3. Fallacious Thought Experiments – 256
    … A. Missupposition – 257
    … B. Perspectival Illusions – 259
    … C. Framing Effects – 261
    … D. Biases of Thought Experiment – 261
    … E. Jumping the If / Ought Gap – 269
    … F. Overweighting Negative Thought Experiments – 271
    … G. The Additive Fallacy – 272
    … H. The Blindspot Fallacy – 273
  4. Antifallacies – 274
    … A. General Characterization of Antifallacies – 274
    … B. The Far Out Antifallacy – 277
    … C. Strangeness In, Strangeness Out? 284
    … D. The Voyeur Antifallacy – 285
    … E. The Kabuki Antifallacy – 286
  5. A Parting Comparison – 288

Comment:

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In-Page Footnotes

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


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