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Thought Experiments

(Text as at 26/03/2014 19:24:58)

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  1. In general, I’m in favour of using thought experiments in philosophy.
  2. However, I’d like to consider, following "Wilkes (Kathleen) - Real People: Personal Identity Without Thought Experiments", whether some thought-experiments in pursuit of clarifying issues in personal identity
  3. Sometimes our intuitions are unreliable as to the truth or possibility of what we intuit.
    • Some doubt the possible phenomenal consciousness of artificial systems, however complex, but is this anything other than a fallacious argument from personal incredulity?
    • Descartes argued for the real distinction between mind and body1 by thinking he could imagine their separation, but could he really?
    • Sometimes, our intuitions may give us no clue one way or the other, or only a gentle lead (as Williams seems to be suggesting in "Williams (Bernard) - The Self and the Future").
  4. "Snowdon (Paul) - Personal Identity and Brain Transplants" gives a helpful critique of Wilkes’s and Johnston’s arguments (see "Johnston (Mark) - Human Beings") against thought experiments.
  5. "Wilson (Jack) - Beyond Horses and Oak Trees: A New Theory of Individuation for Living Entities" thinks that TEs should be avoided where possible, and real examples used – as at least in actual circumstances we know that the situation is possible (“actual implies possible”), and we know, or can discover, all the background conditions. The trouble is that there may not be enough naturally-occurring situations, or practically or ethically available experimental circumstances, to provide the occasions to put maximum pressure on our concepts.

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18/12/2010 19:58:05 1020 Thought Experiments
26/11/2007 23:25:26 1168 Thought Experiments
12/08/2007 10:17:46 877 Thought Experiments



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26/03/2014 19:24:58 Thought Experiments Research - Proposal

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Abbreviations Androids Animalism Brain Brain Criterion
Brain State Transfer Brain Transplants Brains in Vats Causality Cerebrum
Clinical Observations Clones Commissurotomy Contingent Identity Dicephalus
Fission Fusion Johnston - Human Beings Methuselah Modality
Multiple Personality Disorder Occasional Identity Organisms Parfit Perdurantism
Persistent Vegetative State Person Physicalism Psychological Continuity - Forward Reduplication Objections
Relative Identity Replication Research - Focus Research - Proposal Ship of Theseus
Sleep Snowdon - The Self and Personal Identity Sorites Teletransportation Thesis - Chapter 10 (Thought Experiments)
Thesis - Current Stance Thesis - Method & Form Thisness (Haecceity) Time Time Travel
Vague Identity Zombies      

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Alanen (Lilli) Descartes, Conceivability and Logical Modality Paper - By Subtopic Thought Experiments in Science and Philosophy, Ed. Tamara Horowitz & Gerald J. Massey, 1991 No
Anapolitanos (D.A.) Thought Experiments and Conceivability Conditions in Mathematics Paper - By Subtopic Thought Experiments in Science and Philosophy, Ed. Tamara Horowitz & Gerald J. Massey, 1991 No
Baggini (Julian) Life-and-death thought experiments are correctly unsolvable Paper - By Subtopic High Quality Abstract Aeon, 17 January, 2017 Yes
Baillie (James) Methodology Matters Paper - By Subtopic Low Quality Abstract Baillie (James) - Problems in Personal Identity, 1993, Chapter 5 No
Baillie (James) Problems in Personal Identity Book - By Subtopic (via Paper By Subtopic) Medium Quality Abstract Baillie (James) - Problems in Personal Identity No
Baillie (James) Problems in Personal Identity: Introduction Paper - By Subtopic Low Quality Abstract Baillie (James) - Problems in Personal Identity, 1993, Chapter 1 No
Bealer (George) Intuition and the Autonomy of Philosophy Paper - By Subtopic Medium Quality Abstract DePaul & Ramsey - Rethinking Intuition: The Psychology of Intuition and Its Role in Philosophical Inquiry, 1998 No
Bealer (George) Modal Epistemology and the Rationalist Renaissance Paper - By Subtopic Medium Quality Abstract Gendler & Hawthorne - Conceivability and Possibility, 2002 No
Brook (J.A.) Imagination, Possibility, and Personal Identity Paper - By Subtopic Medium Quality Abstract American Philosophical Quarterly, 12.3, July 1975, pp. 185-198 No
Brown (James Robert) Thought Experiments: A Platonic Account Paper - By Subtopic Thought Experiments in Science and Philosophy, Ed. Tamara Horowitz & Gerald J. Massey, 1991 No
Brown (James Robert) Why Thought Experiments Transcend Empiricism Paper - By Subtopic Hitchcock (Christopher) - Contemporary Debates in Philosophy of Science, 2004 No
Brown (James Robert) & Fehige (Yiftach) Thought Experiments Paper - By Subtopic Medium Quality Abstract Stanford Encyclopaedia of Philosophy, 1996-2014 No
Bunzl (Martin) The Logic of Thought Experiments Paper - By Subtopic Low Quality Abstract Synthese, Vol. 106, No. 2 (Feb., 1996), pp. 227-240 No
Camp (Joseph L.) The Balad of Clyde the Moose Paper - By Subtopic Thought Experiments in Science and Philosophy, Ed. Tamara Horowitz & Gerald J. Massey, 1991 No
Campbell (John) Berkeley's Puzzle Paper - By Subtopic Gendler & Hawthorne - Conceivability and Possibility, 2002 No
Cargile (James) Review of Tamara Horowitz & Gerald Massey "Thought Experiments in Science and Philosophy" Paper - By Subtopic Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 54, No. 2, Jun., 1994, pp. 483-486 No
Chalmers (David) Does Conceivability Entail Possibility? Paper - By Subtopic Gendler & Hawthorne - Conceivability and Possibility, 2002 No
Cockburn (David), Ed. Human Beings Book - Cited (via Paper Cited) Low Quality Abstract Bibliographical details to be supplied No
Cohnitz (Daniel) Personal Identity and the Methodology of Imaginary Cases Paper - By Subtopic High Quality Abstract Petrus - On Human Persons, 2003 Yes
Cole (David) Thought and Thought Experiments Paper - By Subtopic Medium Quality Abstract Philosophical Studies, Vol. 45, No. 3 (May, 1984), pp. 431-444 No
Coleman (Stephen) Thought Experiments and Personal Identity Paper - By Subtopic Medium Quality Abstract Philosophical Studies. Mar (I) 2000; 98(1): 53-69 No
Cummins (Robert) Reflections on Reflective Equilibrium Paper - By Subtopic DePaul & Ramsey - Rethinking Intuition: The Psychology of Intuition and Its Role in Philosophical Inquiry, 1998 No
Currie (Gregory) Desire in Imagination Paper - By Subtopic Gendler & Hawthorne - Conceivability and Possibility, 2002 No
Della Rocca (Michael) Essentialism versus Essentialism Paper - By Subtopic Medium Quality Abstract Gendler & Hawthorne - Conceivability and Possibility, 2002 No
DePaul (Michael) Why Bother with Reflective Equilibrium? Paper - By Subtopic DePaul & Ramsey - Rethinking Intuition: The Psychology of Intuition and Its Role in Philosophical Inquiry, 1998 No
DePaul (Michael) & Ramsey (William) Rethinking Intuition: Preface Paper - By Subtopic DePaul & Ramsey - Rethinking Intuition: The Psychology of Intuition and Its Role in Philosophical Inquiry, 1998 No
DePaul (Michael) & Ramsey (William) Rethinking Intuition: The Psychology of Intuition and Its Role in Philosophical Inquiry Book - By Subtopic DePaul (Michael) & Ramsey (William) - Rethinking Intuition: The Psychology of Intuition and Its Role in Philosophical Inquiry No
Fine (Kit) The Varieties of Necessity Paper - By Subtopic Gendler & Hawthorne - Conceivability and Possibility, 2002 No
Foley (Richard) Rationality and Intellectual Self-Trust Paper - By Subtopic DePaul & Ramsey - Rethinking Intuition: The Psychology of Intuition and Its Role in Philosophical Inquiry, 1998 No
Forge (John) Thought Experiments in the Philosophy of Physical Science Paper - By Subtopic Thought Experiments in Science and Philosophy, Ed. Tamara Horowitz & Gerald J. Massey, 1991 No
Fricker (Miranda) & Hornsby (Jenifer), Eds. The Cambridge Companion to Feminism in Philosophy Book - By Subtopic (via Paper By Subtopic) Fricker (Miranda) & Hornsby (Jenifer), Eds. - The Cambridge Companion to Feminism in Philosophy No
Gale (Richard) On Some Pernicious Thought-Experiments Paper - Cited High Quality Abstract Thought Experiments in Science and Philosophy, Ed. Tamara Horowitz & Gerald J. Massey, 1991 Yes
Gallagher (Shaun) & Shear (Jonathan), Eds. Models of the Self Book - By Subtopic (via Paper By Subtopic) Low Quality Abstract Gallagher (Shaun) & Shear (Jonathan), Eds. - Models of the Self No
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Gendler (Tamar Szabo) Exceptional Persons: On the Limits of Imaginary Cases Paper - By Subtopic Medium Quality Abstract Journal of Consciousness Studies, Volume 5, Numbers 5-6, 1998, pp. 592-610(19). No
Gendler (Tamar Szabo) Personal Identity and Thought Experiments Paper - By Subtopic Medium Quality Abstract Philosophical Quarterly, Volume 52, Number 206, January 2002, pp. 34-54(21). No
Gendler (Tamar Szabo) & Hawthorne (John) Conceivability and Possibility Book - By Subtopic Gendler (Tamar Szabo) & Hawthorne (John) - Conceivability and Possibility No
Gendler (Tamar Szabo) & Hawthorne (John) Conceivability and Possibility: Introduction Paper - By Subtopic Medium Quality Abstract Gendler & Hawthorne - Conceivability and Possibility, 2002 No
Goldman (Alvin) & Pust (Joel) Philosophical Theory and Intuitional Evidence Paper - By Subtopic DePaul & Ramsey - Rethinking Intuition: The Psychology of Intuition and Its Role in Philosophical Inquiry, 1998 No
Gopnik (Alison) & Schwitzgebel (Eric) Whose Concepts Are They, Anyway? The Role of Philosophical Intuition in Empirical Psychology Paper - By Subtopic DePaul & Ramsey - Rethinking Intuition: The Psychology of Intuition and Its Role in Philosophical Inquiry, 1998 No
Graham (George) & Horgan (Terence) Southern Fundamentalism and the End of Philosophy Paper - By Subtopic Medium Quality Abstract DePaul & Ramsey - Rethinking Intuition: The Psychology of Intuition and Its Role in Philosophical Inquiry, 1998 No
Gutting (Gary) Rethinking Intuition: A Historical and Metaphilosophical Introduction Paper - By Subtopic DePaul & Ramsey - Rethinking Intuition: The Psychology of Intuition and Its Role in Philosophical Inquiry, 1998 No
Hacking (Ian), Ed. Scientific Revolutions: Oxford Readings in Philosophy Book - By Subtopic (via Paper By Subtopic) Hacking (Ian), Ed. - Scientific Revolutions: Oxford Readings in Philosophy No
Haggqvist (Soren) Thought Experiments In Philosophy Book - By Subtopic Haggqvist (Soren) - Thought Experiments In Philosophy No
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Hall (D. Geoffrey) Continuity and the Persistence of Objects: When the Whole Is Greater Than the Sum of the Parts Paper - By Subtopic Medium Quality Abstract Cognitive Psychology, Volume 37, Number 1, October 1998, pp. 28-59(32) No
Heller (Mark) The Mad Scientist Meets the Robot Cats: Compatibilism, Kinds, and Counterexamples Paper - By Subtopic Low Quality Abstract Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, Vol. 56, No. 2 (Jun., 1996) (pp. 333-337) No
Hershenov (David) A Hylomorphic Account of Thought Experiments Concerning Personal Identity Paper - By Subtopic Medium Quality Abstract American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly, 82:3, pp. 2008. 481-502 No
Hershenov (David) Review of Nancy Murphy's "Bodies and Souls, or Spirited Bodies?" Paper - Referencing High Quality Abstract Religious Studies, 43:2, June 2007, 237-242 Yes
Hetherington (Stephen) Conceivability and Modal Knowledge Paper - By Subtopic Thought Experiments in Science and Philosophy, Ed. Tamara Horowitz & Gerald J. Massey, 1991 No
Hitchcock (Christopher), Ed. Contemporary Debates in Philosophy of Science Book - By Subtopic (via Paper By Subtopic) Medium Quality Abstract Hitchcock (Christopher), Ed. - Contemporary Debates in Philosophy of Science No
Horowitz (Tamara) Philosophical intuitions and psychological theory Paper - By Subtopic Medium Quality Abstract DePaul & Ramsey - Rethinking Intuition: The Psychology of Intuition and Its Role in Philosophical Inquiry, 1998 No
Horowitz (Tamara) & Massey (Gerald J.) Newcomb's Problem as a Thought Experiment Paper - By Subtopic Thought Experiments in Science and Philosophy, Ed. Tamara Horowitz & Gerald J. Massey, 1991 No
Horowitz (Tamara) & Massey (Gerald J.) Thought Experiments in Science and Philosophy Book - By Subtopic (via Paper By Subtopic) Low Quality Abstract Horowitz (Tamara) & Massey (Gerald J.) - Thought Experiments in Science and Philosophy No
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Horowitz (Tamara) & Massey (Gerald J.) Thought Experiments in Science and Philosophy: Introduction Paper - By Subtopic Thought Experiments in Science and Philosophy, Ed. Tamara Horowitz & Gerald J. Massey, 1991 No
Irvine (Andrew D.) Thought Experiments in Scientific Reasoning Paper - By Subtopic Thought Experiments in Science and Philosophy, Ed. Tamara Horowitz & Gerald J. Massey, 1991 No
James (Susan) Feminism in Philosophy of Mind: The Question of Personal Identity Paper - By Subtopic Medium Quality Abstract Fricker & Hornsby - The Cambridge Companion to Feminism in Philosophy Yes
Janis (Allen I.) Can Thought Experiments Fail? Paper - By Subtopic Thought Experiments in Science and Philosophy, Ed. Tamara Horowitz & Gerald J. Massey, 1991 No
Johnston (Mark) Human Beings Paper - By Subtopic High Quality Abstract Journal of Philosophy, Volume 84, Issue 2 (Feb 1987), 59-83 Yes
Johnston (Mark) Is Heaven a Place We Can Get To? Paper - Referencing High Quality Abstract Johnston (Mark) - Surviving Death, 2010 No
Johnston (Mark) Surviving Death Book - Referencing (via Paper Referencing) Medium Quality Abstract Bibliographical details to be supplied No
Kahneman (Daniel) & Tversky (Amos) Prospect Theory: An Analysis of Decision Under Risk Paper - By Subtopic Medium Quality Abstract Gardenfors & Sahlin - Decision, Probability and Utility - Selected Readings No
Kolak (Daniel) The Metaphysics and Metapsychology of Personal Identity: Why Thought Experiments Matter in Deciding Who We Are Paper - By Subtopic High Quality Abstract American Philosophical Quarterly, 30 #1, 1993: 39-50 No
Kornblith (Hilary) The Role of Intuition in Philosophical Inquiry: An Account with No Unnatural Ingredients Paper - By Subtopic DePaul & Ramsey - Rethinking Intuition: The Psychology of Intuition and Its Role in Philosophical Inquiry, 1998 No
Kripke (Saul) A Puzzle about Time and Thought Paper - By Subtopic Kripke (Saul) - Philosophical Troubles: Collected Papers, Volume 1 No
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Kuhn (Thomas) A Function For Thought Experiments Paper - By Subtopic Hacking - Scientific Revolutions - Oxford Readings No
Kuhn (Thomas) A Function For Thought Experiments Paper - By Subtopic Kuhn - The Essential Tension No
Kuhn (Thomas) The Essential Tension Book - By Subtopic (via Paper By Subtopic) Kuhn (Thomas) - The Essential Tension No
Laymon (Ronald) Thought Experiments By Stevin, Mach and Gouy: Thought Experiments As Ideal Limits and As Semantic Domains Paper - By Subtopic Thought Experiments in Science and Philosophy, Ed. Tamara Horowitz & Gerald J. Massey, 1991 No
Lennox (James G.) Darwinian Thought Experiments: A Function For Just-So Stories Paper - By Subtopic Thought Experiments in Science and Philosophy, Ed. Tamara Horowitz & Gerald J. Massey, 1991 No
Liao (S. Matthew) The Organism View Defended Paper - Referencing Medium Quality Abstract The Monist, Vol. 89, No. 3, Coming into Being and Passing Away (July 2006), pp. 334-350 Yes
Massey (Barbara D.) Do All Rational Folk Reason As We Do? Frege's Thought Experiments Reconsidered Paper - By Subtopic Thought Experiments in Science and Philosophy, Ed. Tamara Horowitz & Gerald J. Massey, 1991 No
Massey (Gerald J.) Backdoor Analyticity Paper - By Subtopic Thought Experiments in Science and Philosophy, Ed. Tamara Horowitz & Gerald J. Massey, 1991 No
Mohanty (J.N.) Method of Imaginative Variation in Phenomenology Paper - By Subtopic Thought Experiments in Science and Philosophy, Ed. Tamara Horowitz & Gerald J. Massey, 1991 No
Murphy (Peter) Reliability Connections Between Conceivability and Inconceivability Paper - By Subtopic Medium Quality Abstract Dialectica, 60.2, June 2006, pp. 195-205(11) No
Nagel (Thomas) Conceiving the Impossible and the Mind-Body Problem Paper - By Subtopic Medium Quality Abstract Philosophy - 73/285 (July 1998), pp 337-352 No
Nichols (Shaun) & Bruno (Michael) Intuitions about Personal Identity: An Empirical Study Paper - By Subtopic Medium Quality Abstract Forthcoming in Philosophical Psychology, Special issue on experimental philosophy No
Norton (John) Thought Experiments in Einstein's Work Paper - By Subtopic Thought Experiments in Science and Philosophy, Ed. Tamara Horowitz & Gerald J. Massey, 1991 No
Norton (John) Why Thought Experiments do not Transcend Empiricism Paper - By Subtopic Hitchcock (Christopher) - Contemporary Debates in Philosophy of Science,, 2004 No
O'Hear (Anthony), Ed. Philosophy - 73/285 (July 1998) Book - By Subtopic (via Paper By Subtopic) O'Hear (Anthony), Ed. - Philosophy - 73/285 (July 1998) No
O'Hear (Anthony), Ed. Philosophy - 81/318 (October 2006) Book - By Subtopic (via Paper By Subtopic) O'Hear (Anthony), Ed. - Philosophy - 81/318 (October 2006) No
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Papineau (David) The Importance of Philosophical Intuition Paper - By Subtopic High Quality Abstract Backdoor Broadcasting Company; Metaphilosophical Directions for the 21st Century - 11 December 2009 No
Petrus (Klaus), Ed. On Human Persons Book - By Subtopic (via Paper By Subtopic) High Quality Abstract Petrus (Klaus), Ed. - On Human Persons No
Price (Marjorie) Identity Through Time Paper - Referencing Medium Quality Abstract Journal of Philosophy 74, No. 4, Apr., 1977, pp. 201-217 No
Ramsey (William) Prototypes and Conceptual Analysis Paper - By Subtopic Medium Quality Abstract DePaul & Ramsey - Rethinking Intuition: The Psychology of Intuition and Its Role in Philosophical Inquiry, 1998 No
Rescher (Nicholas) Thought Experiments in Presocratic Philosophy Paper - By Subtopic Thought Experiments in Science and Philosophy, Ed. Tamara Horowitz & Gerald J. Massey, 1991 No
Richmond (Alasdair) Time-Travel Fictions and Philosophy Paper - By Subtopic Low Quality Abstract American Philosophical Quarterly, Vol. 38, No. 4 (Oct., 2001), pp. 305-318 No
Robinson (Howard) Thought Experiments, Ontology, And Concept-Dependent Truthmakers Paper - By Subtopic Low Quality Abstract Monist, Oct2004, Vol. 87 Issue 4, p537-553, 17p; No
Rosch (Eleanor) & Mervis (Carolyn B.) Family Resemblances: Studies in the Internal Structure of Categories Paper - By Subtopic DePaul & Ramsey - Rethinking Intuition: The Psychology of Intuition and Its Role in Philosophical Inquiry, 1998 No
Rosen (Gideon) A Study in Modal Deviance Paper - By Subtopic Gendler & Hawthorne - Conceivability and Possibility, 2002 No
Shafir (Eldar) Philosophical Intuitions and Cognitive Mechanisms Paper - By Subtopic DePaul & Ramsey - Rethinking Intuition: The Psychology of Intuition and Its Role in Philosophical Inquiry, 1998 No
Shoemaker (David) Personal Identity and Ethics: A Brief Introduction Book - Referencing (via Paper Referencing) Low Quality Abstract Bibliographical details to be supplied Yes
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Sidelle (Alan) On the Metaphysical Contingency of the Laws of Nature Paper - By Subtopic Gendler & Hawthorne - Conceivability and Possibility, 2002 No
Snowdon (Paul) Personal Identity and Brain Transplants Paper - Cited Medium Quality Abstract Cockburn - Human Beings, 1991 Yes
Sorensen (Roy) Are Thought Experiments Experiments? Paper - By Subtopic Medium Quality Abstract Thought Experiments, Roy A. Sorensen, 1992, Chapter 9 No
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Sorenson (Roy) The Art of the Impossible Paper - By Subtopic Medium Quality Abstract Gendler & Hawthorne - Conceivability and Possibility, 2002 No
Sosa (David) Scepticism About Intuition Paper - By Subtopic Medium Quality Abstract Philosophy - 81/318 (October 2006) No
Sosa (Ernest) Minimal Intuition Paper - By Subtopic DePaul & Ramsey - Rethinking Intuition: The Psychology of Intuition and Its Role in Philosophical Inquiry, 1998 No
Sosa (Ernest) Reliability and the A Priori Paper - By Subtopic Gendler & Hawthorne - Conceivability and Possibility, 2002 No
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