Thought-experiment intuitions and truth in fiction

Philosophical Studies 142 (2):221 - 246 (2009)
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Jonathan Ichikawa
University of British Columbia
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What sorts of things are the intuitions generated via thought experiment? Timothy Williamson has responded to naturalistic skeptics by arguing that thought-experiment intuitions are judgments of ordinary counterfactuals. On this view, the intuition is naturalistically innocuous, but it has a contingent content and could be known at best a posteriori. We suggest an alternative to Williamson's account, according to which we apprehend thought-experiment intuitions through our grasp on truth in fiction. On our view, intuitions like the Gettier intuition are necessarily true and knowable a priori. Our view, like Williamson's, avoids naturalistic skepticism
Keywords Thought experiments  Philosophical methodology  Intuitions  Gettier cases  Timothy Williamson  A priori knowledge
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DOI 10.1007/s11098-007-9184-y
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