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Thought experiments and philisophical knowledge

Machery, E (2011) Thought experiments and philisophical knowledge. Metaphilosophy, 42 (3). 191 - 214. ISSN 0026-1068

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While thought experiments play an important role in contemporary analytic philosophy, much remains unclear about thought experiments. In particular, it is still unclear whether the judgments elicited by thought experiments can provide evidence for the premises of philosophical arguments. This article argues that, if an influential and promising view about the nature of the judgments elicited by thought experiments is correct, then many thought experiments in philosophy fail to provide any evidence for the premises of philosophical arguments. © 2011 Metaphilosophy LLC and Blackwell Publishing Ltd.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Machery, Emachery@pitt.eduMACHERY
Date: 1 April 2011
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: Metaphilosophy
Volume: 42
Number: 3
Page Range: 191 - 214
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1111/j.1467-9973.2011.01700.x
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > History and Philosophy of Science
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0026-1068
Date Deposited: 01 Mar 2013 16:14
Last Modified: 19 Jan 2019 15:55


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