Location

University of Windsor

Document Type

Restricted Access

Keywords

Methodological Naturalism, Constitutive Principles, Thought Experiment, Einstein

Start Date

18-5-2011 9:00 AM

End Date

21-5-2011 5:00 PM

Abstract

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.

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Naturalistic methods, constitutive principles and Einstein’s elevator

University of Windsor

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.