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Balkan Journal of Philosophy

Volume 4, Issue 2, 2012

Edi Pavlović
Pages 179-184
DOI: 10.5840/bjp2012424

Timothy Williamson on thought experiments – an empirical worry

The topic of this paper is Timothy Williamson’s understanding of the logical form of thought experiments as involving counterfactual conditionals which are true when their antecedent is impossible. At the same time, he sees the ability to handle counterfactuals as grounded in our everyday capacities. The aim of this paper is to drive a wedge, on empirical grounds, between our ordinary capacities and the counterfactuals which require an impossible antecedent.

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