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Epistemology & Philosophy of Science

Volume 49, Issue 3, 2016

Igor Nevvazhay
Pages 28-35

On Gnoseological and Ontological Meaning of Thought Experiment

Author discusses the possibility of thought experiment to produce a priori knowledge. Author analyzes some arguments which come from the critics of a priori. In this paper he examines the ontological and epistemological role of thought experiment in natural science and humanities. Author claims that the concept of 'apriorism' should be considered as a crucial point for classical understanding of cognition, especially within the empiricism and rationalism tradition. However, nowadays 'apriorism' loses its epistemological meaning within some modern epistemological traditions.

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