Phenomenology and Thought Experiments. Thought Experiments as Anticipation Pumps

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Wiltsche, Harald A.
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The aim of this paper is to present an outline of a phenomenological theory of thought experiments. In doing so, I am dealing with a topic that is currently starting to receive increased attention from philosophers with phenomenological leanings. However, since no serious attempt has been made to tackle the issue in a systematic fashion, I will not merely review existing phenomenological work on thought experiments. For the most part, my paper is programmatic: its aim is to suggest some basic directions in which a phenomenological theory of scientific thought experiments should be developed.