Perspectives on Science 22 (2):242-263 (2014)

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Walter Hopp
Boston University
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Thought experiments in science, philosophy, and everyday life give rise to all of the following: belief, conviction, justification, perplexity, and, sometimes, knowledge. How? More specifically, what sorts of intentional acts must one perform in order to carry out a thought experiment, what sorts of objects are such acts directed toward, and how are those objects made present, or not, in the carrying out of those acts? My view is that a careful and initially metaphysically unbiased phenomenological description will support the view that the proper objects of thought experiments are, in certain cases, uninstantiated, often mind-independent universals and relations among them. I will also argue that, in the best of ..
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