Abstract

Paul Thagard has recently argued that thought experiments are dangerous and misleading when we try to use them as evidence for claims. This paper refutes his skepticism. Building on Thagard’s own work in cognitive science, I suggest that Thagard has much that is positive to say about how thought experiments work. My last section presents some new directions for research on the intersection between thought experiments and cognitive science.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1530-9274
Print ISSN
1063-6145
Pages
pp. 264-287
Launched on MUSE
2014-05-30
Open Access
No
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