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Exceptional Persons: On the Limits of Imaginary Cases

Tamar Szabó Gendler

in Intuition, Imagination, and Philosophical Methodology

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
January 2011
ISBN:
9780199589760
eISBN:
9780191595486
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199589760.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology, Philosophy of Science

When should we trust our judgments about far‐fetched imaginary cases? This chapter argues that if the imaginary scenario is adduced to illuminate a concept structured around a set of necessary and ... More


Personal Identity and Thought Experiments

Tamar Szabó Gendler

in Intuition, Imagination, and Philosophical Methodology

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
January 2011
ISBN:
9780199589760
eISBN:
9780191595486
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199589760.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology, Philosophy of Science

This chapter argues that judgments about far‐fetched thought experiments are not helpful in illuminating the concept of personal identity. This is because certain patterns of features that coincide ... More


Mind and Self

Barry Dainton

in The Phenomenal Self

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
May 2008
ISBN:
9780199288847
eISBN:
9780191710742
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199288847.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

Neo-Lockeans rely heavily on our intuitive responses to imaginary cases. Is it plausible to suppose these responses can be a guide to metaphysical truth? This chapter argues that thought experiments ... More


The Role of Imaginary Cases in Ethics

Jonathan Dancy

in Practical Thought: Essays on Reason, Intuition, and Action

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
August 2021
ISBN:
9780198865605
eISBN:
9780191897955
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198865605.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

This paper examines the rationale for the standard practice in ethics of arguing from imaginary cases to real ones. Challengeable aspects of this practice are exposed. One question is whether an ... More


Three Kinds of Moral Imagination

Timothy Chappell

in Knowing What To Do: Imagination, Virtue, and Platonism in Ethics

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780199684854
eISBN:
9780191765148
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199684854.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

An examination of three kinds of case that are interesting for the notion of the moral imagination. The first is ‘ticking-bomb scenarios’, and the topical question whether we should torture in them. ... More


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