The Evolution of Thought Experiment

Roy A. Sorensen

in Thought Experiments

Published in print February 1999 | ISBN: 9780195129137
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780199786138 | DOI:
 						The Evolution of Thought Experiment

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This chapter seeks to define “thought experiment” and dig to its origin. It argues that thought experiments evolved from experiment through a process of attenuation. This builds inductive momentum behind the theme that thought experiments are experiments.

Keywords: cognitive aim; execution; inaction; attenuation; inductive momentum

Chapter.  14439 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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