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Thought Experiments

Kathleen V. Wilkes

in Real People

Published in print November 1993 | ISBN: 9780198240808
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191680281 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198240808.003.0001

Series: Clarendon Paperbacks

Thought Experiments

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This book focuses upon the sorts of things that can happen to the object called a person and the implications that can be drawn from those things. Personal identity has been the ground for bizarre, entertaining, confusing, and inconclusive thought experiments. The study aims to use science fact rather than science fiction of fantasy. It contends that the conclusions will be more plausible since they are based in the real world and that they are more credible than the impassioned imagination dreams from a philosopher. This chapter questions the methodology of thought-experimentation if it is deployed without stringent controls.

Keywords: personal identity; thought experiment; ethics; Einstein; real experiments; physics; identification

Chapter.  21504 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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