Intuition, Imagination, and Philosophical Methodology by Tamar Szabo Gendler

By Tamar Szabo Gendler

Tamar Gendler attracts jointly during this ebook a sequence of essays during which she investigates philosophical method, that is now rising as a significant subject of philosophical discussions. 3 intertwined issues run during the quantity: imagination, instinct and philosophical methodology. all the chapters focuses, in a single means or one other, on how we interact with material that we take to be imaginary. This subject is explored in quite a lot of circumstances, together with clinical notion experiments, early youth pretense, suggestion experiments bearing on own id, fictional feelings, self-deception, Gettier circumstances, and the overall relation of conceivability to danger. all the chapters explores, in a single method or one other, the consequences of this for a way suggestion experiments and appeals to instinct can function mechanisms for helping or refuting clinical or philosophical claims. and every of the chapters self-consciously shows a selected philosophical method: that of drawing either on empirical findings from modern psychology, and on vintage texts within the philosophical culture (particularly the paintings of Aristotle and Hume.) by way of exploring and displaying the fruitfulness of those interactions, Gendler promotes the price of undertaking such cross-disciplinary conversations in illuminating philosophical concerns.

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The thesis tells us that some non-thought-experimental reconstruction of the case Galileo presents should be able to do the same thing that the thought-experimental 17 [20] In Galileo’s dialogue, when Salviati points out that a rock of two pounds and a rock of twenty pounds will strike the ground nearly simultaneously when dropped from a height of one or two hundred feet, Simplicio retorts that this may just be a result of not having given the objects enough falling-time for the differences to become apparent (see Galilei 1638/1989: 109–10).

Do we think weight and natural speed are fixed by the world? Yes, we do. We come to recognize 24 [27] This often happens when the particulars are sufficiently well sketched to evoke practical as well as theoretical responses. [Added in 2009: This footnote was written in 1996, but obviously foreshadows some of the suggestions made in later writings, in particular in “Philosophical Thought Experiments, Intuitions, and Cognitive Equilibrium” (2007; Ch. 6) and the two alief essays (2008a, 2008b; Chs.

25 Part I. Thought Experiments The Derivativity Thesis says that not only can any good scientific thought experiment be replaced, without loss of demonstrative force, by a non-thoughtexperimental argument, but that to the extent that a good scientific thought experiment has demonstrative force, it is because, deep down, the thought experiment is an argument. We may be misled by the surface features of the case to think that something non-argumentational is doing justificatory work, but we are wrong.

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