On gnoseological and ontological meaning of thought experiment

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Transliteration of original Title: 
O gnoseologicheskoy i ontologicheskoy funktsiyakh myslennogo eksperimenta
Igor Nevvazhay
Saratov State Law Academy
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No. 3 (Vol. 49)

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.

a priori, thought experiment, knowledge, imagination, epistemology

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