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A Short History of the Method of Thought Experiments in Science

Kühne, Ulrich (2009) A Short History of the Method of Thought Experiments in Science. In: [2009] Thought Experiments: A Workshop (Toronto, May 22-23, 2009).

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    1) Remarks on the historical development of the experimental method 2) Major stages in the development of a method called “thought experiment” (a) Metaphysics (Kant, Ørsted) (b) Anti-Metaphysics (Mach) (c) The modern physicists (Einstein, Heisenberg) 3) Does the history of the concept allow for a meaningful explanation of “thought experiments”? (a) Proposal 1: The construction of monsters (Lakatos) (b) Proposal 2: Arguments using generalised principles


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    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
    Keywords: Galileo, Kant, Oersted, Mach, Einstein, Heisenberg, Lakatos
    Subjects: General Issues > Thought Experiments
    Conferences and Volumes: [2009] Thought Experiments: A Workshop (Toronto, May 22-23, 2009)
    Depositing User: Ulrich J. Kuehne
    Date Deposited: 11 Jun 2009
    Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 11:18
    Item ID: 4700
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/4700

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