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Croatian Journal of Philosophy

Volume 18, Issue 1, 2018

On Thought Experiments

Majda Trobok
Pages 23-36

The Mathematics-Natural Sciences Analogy and the Underlying Logic
The Road through Thought Experiments and Related Methods

The aim of this paper is to point to the analogy between mathematical and physical thought experiments, and even more widely between the epistemic paths in both domains. Having accepted platonism as the underlying ontology as long as the platonistic path in asserting the possibility of gaining knowledge of abstract, mind-independent and causally inert objects, my widely taken goal is to show that there is no need to insist on the uniformity of picture and monopoly of certain epistemic paths in the epistemic descriptive context. And secondly, to show the analogy with the ways we come to know the truths of (natural) sciences.

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