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Gedankenexperiment or thought experiment is a device of the imagination used to investigate the nature of things.[1]

Thought Experiments in Ethics

In ethics, thought experiments are often used to exclude irrelevant details in order to effectively isolate the particular responses elicited by principles or ideas under scrutiny that should help to guide the behavior of human beings.


  1. Thought Experiments. Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Jul 29, 2011). Retrieved on Mar 03, 2013.

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