chapter  3
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Counter thought experiments

There are different types of thought experiments. The last chapter presented a taxonomy. Positive or constructive thought experiments support some theory, while negative or destructive ones undermine. There is much more to be said. My interest here is in a special class of negative thought experiments that I shall call counter thought experiments. I’ll largely ignore other types in this chapter, except for the sake of contrast. The sense of counter that I intend is quite specific. It will involve the countering of the phenomenon of a thought experiment, not its set-up, nor its result. First, we need to fine-tune the category of negative thought experiment.