McComb Geordie

University of Victoria
Vancouver Island University
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    Thought Experiments & Literary Learning
    Dissertation, University of Toronto, St. George Campus. 2020.
    In my dissertation, I develop a novel approach to thought experiments and literary learning. It’s novel primarily because, unlike many prominent approaches, it has us refrain from advancing theories, from giving logical analyses, and from explicating. We are, instead, to proceed in a way inspired by Wittgenstein’s writings. We are, that is, to clarify words that give rise to problems and to clear those problems away. To clarify words, we may compare language games in which figure terms like “tho…Read more
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    First, I motivate the following contradiction: since Einstein’s elevator thought experiment is a method used in a natural science, it is a naturalistic method; yet, since it is a method used to justify a constitutive principle, it is a non-naturalistic method. Second, I argue that prima facie the best response to this contradiction, given my motivations for it, is to allow that some naturalistic methods can be used to justify constitutive principles.
  • Thought Experiment, Definition and Literary Fiction
    In Letitia Meynell Mélanie Frappier James R. Brown (ed.), Thought Experiments in Philosophy, Science, and the Arts. pp. 207-222. 2013.
    I introduce a middle route between giving a sharp definition and examples to explain what a thought experiment is. It comprises an account of the concept thought experiment that we can rightly apply to different extents. Three explanatory virtues of this account include (i) that we can use it to explain why one thing may seem to be less of a thought experiment than another, (ii) that it provides for a fine-grained explanation of the relation between literary fiction and thought experiment and …Read more