The Body, Thought Experiments, and Phenomenology

In Thought Experiments in Philosophy, Science, and the Arts (2012)
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Abstract

An explorative contribution to the ongoing discussion of thought experiments. While endorsing the majority view that skepticism about thought experiments is not well justified, in what follows we attempt to show that there is a kind of “bodiliness” missing from current accounts of thought experiments. That is, we suggest a phenomenological addition to the literature. First, we contextualize our claim that the importance of the body in thought experiments has been widely underestimated. Then we discuss David Gooding's work, which contains the only explicit recognition of the importance of the body to understanding thought experiments. Finally, we introduce a phenomenological perspective of the body, which will give us the opportunity to sketch the power and promise of a phenomenological approach to thought experiments

Author Profiles

Harald A. Wiltsche
Linkoping University
Yiftach J. H. Fehige
University of Toronto, St. George Campus

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