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Department of History and Philosophy of Science

 

Organised by Ruward Mulder (ram202) and Sam Rijken (rijken@esphil.eur.nl).

Scientific Thought Experiments: what do they do and how do they do it? Thought experiments are everywhere, both in the history of science and in present science, often with far-reaching consequences. STEs first and foremost demand analysis because they are performed in the imagination, which is a dubious source of knowledge. Yet we seem to learn about the world by performing a thought experiment. The main explanandum, therefore, is this: how can we learn about the world by performing a thought experiment, that is, by merely using our imagination?

Lent Term 2022

No meetings this term.