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Experimental thoughts about thought experiments in medieval Islam

McGinnis, Jon (2016) Experimental thoughts about thought experiments in medieval Islam. In: UNSPECIFIED.

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The study begins with the language employed in and the psychological basis of thought experiments as understood by certain medieval Arabic philosophers. It then provides a taxonomy of different kinds of thoughts experiments used in the medieval Islamic world. These include purely fictional thought experiments, idealizations and finally thought experiments using ingenious machines. The study concludes by suggesting that thought experiments provided a halfway house during this period between a staunch rationalism and an emerging empiricism.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
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McGinnis, Jonmcginnis@umsl.edu
Keywords: Medieval Islam Thought experiments History of science Avicenna
Subjects: General Issues > History of Philosophy of Science
General Issues > Thought Experiments
Depositing User: Jon McGinnis
Date Deposited: 28 Aug 2016 01:52
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2016 01:52
Item ID: 12391
Subjects: General Issues > History of Philosophy of Science
General Issues > Thought Experiments
Date: 2016
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/12391

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