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2. Reason / E. Argument / 7. Thought Experiments

[imagining a situation to explore the principles involved]

5 ideas
Thinking is not perceiving, but takes the form of imagination and speculation [Aristotle]
Imaginary cases are good for revealing our beliefs, rather than the truth [Parfit]
We seem to base necessities on thought experiments and imagination [Sidelle]
Just as maps must simplify their subject matter, so thought has to be reductionist about reality [O'Grady]
So-called 'though experiments' are just philosophers observing features of the world [Cappelen]