© 2012 Dana Goswick
This paper examines the legitimacy of two common methodologies within philosophy: thought experiments and conceptual analysis. In particular, I examine the uses to which these two methodologies have been put within modal epistemology. I argue that, although both methods can be used to reveal conditional essentialist claims (e.g. necessarily: if x is water, then x is H20), neither can be used to reveal the de re essentialists claims (e.g. x is water and x is essentially H20) they’re often taken to reveal.
Goswick, Dana (2012) "Philosophical Methodology in Modal Epistemology," Essays in Philosophy: Vol. 13: Iss. 1, Article 11.