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Galileo’s Use Of Medieval Thought Experiments

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Kant's writings abound in thought experiments of various kinds, providing premises of arguments, or developing arguments that constitute parts of a lengthy line of reasoning. A proper account of Kant's thought experiments in his major works and an examination of their role in the development of his epistemology, of his critical metaphysics of experience and of his moral theory, would require a detailed study of complex issues pertaining to his transcendental strategy. This chapter aims at determining the extent to which a proper construal of the transcendental perspective adopted by Kant could indicate general, reliable criteria for the evaluation of thought experiments that would not require any appeal to dubious metaphysical commitments.

Keywords:Kant; thought experiments



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