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Fallacies and Antifallacies

Roy A. Sorensen

in Thought Experiments

Published in print February 1999 | ISBN: 9780195129137
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780199786138 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/019512913X.003.0011
 						Fallacies and Antifallacies

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This chapter examines the hazards and pseudohazards of thought experiment. It attacks most skepticism about thought experiment as arbitrary. It argues that once the standards that are customary for compasses, stethoscopes, and other testing devices are applied, thought experiments measure up. They should be used as part of a diversified portfolio of techniques. Although all these devices are individually susceptible to abuse, fallacy, and error, they provide a network of cross-checks that make for impressive collective reliability.

Keywords: thought experiment; fallacy; antifallacy; reliability

Chapter.  19171 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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