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Thought Experiment : On the Powers and Limits of Imaginary Cases - Tamar Szabo Gendler

Thought Experiment

On the Powers and Limits of Imaginary Cases

Hardcover Published: 2nd November 2000
ISBN: 9780815336563
Number Of Pages: 280

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This book offers a novel analysis of the widely-used but ill-understood technique of thought experiment. Thought experiment, which is a process of reasoning carried out within the context of a well-articulated imaginary scenario in order to answer a specific question about a non-imaginary situation, is extensively employed in fields as diverse as physics, computer science, law, and philosophy. The author argues that the powers and limits of this methodology can be traced to the fact that when the contemplation of an imaginary scenario brings us to new knowledge, it does so by forcing us to make sense of exceptional cases. Though primarily written for a philosophical audience, this volume is also likely to interest cognitive scientists, psychologists, and historians of science. At the present time, only two other book-length studies of this topic are available in English.

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Summary of Contents
Galileo (First Case Study)
The Ship of Theseus (Second Case Study)
Personal Identity (Third Case Study)
Exceptional Cases
Characterization of ""Exceptional Case""
Exceptional Cases in Theories with Privileged Characteristics
Exceptional Cases in Theories without Privileged Characteristcs
Ways of Accounting
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ISBN: 9780815336563
ISBN-10: 081533656X
Series: Comparative Studies of Democratization
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 280
Published: 2nd November 2000
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.5
Edition Number: 1

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