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Introduction ; 1. Our Most Curious Device ; 2. Scepticism About Thought Experiments ; 3. Mach and Inner Cognitive Africa ; 4. The Wonder of Armchair Inquiry ; 5. Kuhntradictions ; 6. The Logical Structure of Thought Experiment ; 7. Conflict Vagueness and Precisification ; 8. The Evolution of Thought Experiment ; 9. Are Thought Experiments? ; 10. Fallacies and Antifallacies ; Notes ; Select Bibliography ; Subject Index ; Name Index

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"The first full-scale treatment of thought experiments....The book is clearly written and largely nontechnical. It bears on the nature of theorizing in general, owing to its careful treatment of a wide range of cases of theoretical activity. Recommended for all libraries."--Choice "This book is written in a vivid, jaunty style....The array of philosophical positions and the many examples are presented with such clarity and freshness...that this book can be recommended both as an unusual but engaging introduction to philosophy and as a sensitive analysis and defence of the cognitive power of thought experiments."--Times Higher Education Supplement "Sorensen's book is a useful collection of reflections on the definition and logic of thought experiments."--The Times Literary Supplement "[An] important new book....Sorensen articulates what is sure to become one of the central views about thought experiments, but he also provides an excellent introduction to this wonderful subject. The topic has rather suddenly become a growth industry. Besides its other virtues, Roy Sorensen's Thought Experiments also offers a very good leg in."--Canadian Journal of Philosophy "The first full-scale treatment of thought experiments....The book is clearly written and largely nontechnical. It bears on the nature of theorizing in general, owing to its careful treatment of a wide range of cases of theoretical activity. Recommended for all libraries."--Choice "This book is written in a vivid, jaunty style....The array of philosophical positions and the many examples are presented with such clarity and freshness...that this book can be recommended both as an unusual but engaging introduction to philosophy and as a sensitive analysis and defence of the cognitive power of thought experiments."--Times Higher Education Supplement "Sorensen's book is a useful collection of reflections on the definition and logic of thought experiments."--The Times Literary Supplement "[An] important new book....Sorensen articulates what is sure to become one of the central views about thought experiments, but he also provides an excellent introduction to this wonderful subject. The topic has rather suddenly become a growth industry. Besides its other virtues, Roy Sorensen's Thought Experiments also offers a very good leg in."--Canadian Journal of Philosophy

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