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How Thought Experiments Increase Understanding

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We might think that thought experiments are at their most powerful or most interesting when they produce new knowledge. This would be a mistake; thought experiments that seek understanding are just as powerful and interesting, and perhaps even more so. A growing number of epistemologists are emphasizing the importance of understanding for epistemology, arguing that it should supplant knowledge as the central notion. In this chapter, I bring the literature on understanding in epistemology to bear on explicating the different ways that thought experiments increase three important kinds of understanding: explanatory, objectual and practical.


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Stuart, Michael T.mike.stuart.post@gmail.com0000-0002-4165-2641
Keywords: thought experiments, understanding, explanation, epistemology of science
Subjects: General Issues > Experimentation
General Issues > Explanation
General Issues > Science Education
General Issues > Thought Experiments
Depositing User: Michael Stuart
Date Deposited: 23 Jul 2017 16:28
Last Modified: 23 Jul 2017 16:28
Item ID: 13249
Subjects: General Issues > Experimentation
General Issues > Explanation
General Issues > Science Education
General Issues > Thought Experiments
Date: 22 July 2017
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/13249

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