Fiction, Understanding, and Thought Experiments

February 22, 2019 - February 23, 2019
Institut Jean Nicod

29 rue d'Ulm

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Université Paris-Sorbonne
Universität Bonn
University of Toronto, St. George Campus
University of Toronto, St. George Campus
Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique
École Normale Supérieure
Aarhus University
University of Geneva
Linkoping University


Institut Jean Nicod
University of Toronto, St. George Campus

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In this workshop we will address some of the vexed questions about thought experiments (e.g., What kind of “knowledge” would they produce? What about thought experiments in domains other than Physics?), as well as an important, though rather neglected, dimension of thought experiments, namely their narrative dimension, which has led philosophers to put thought experimentation on the level of literary fiction (and vice versa).

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