Wittgenstein's Beetle and Other Classic Thought Experiments invites readers to participate actively in discovering the surprisingly powerful and fruitful tradition of "thought experiments."Gives a lively presentation of an "A to Z" of 26 fascinating and influential thought experiments from philosophy and science Presents vivid and often humorous discussion of the experiments, including strengths and weaknesses, historical context, and contemporary uses Provides a "how to" section for engaging in thought experiments Includes illustrations, mini-biographies, and suggestions for further reading.Throughout the history of both philosophy and science, scholars have used "the laboratory of the mind" to elucidate complicated puzzles, problems, and ideas. This lively book offers an accessible capsule history of these "thought experiments" and invites readers to participate actively in discovering the power of this surprisingly fruitful tradition. Examples of celebrated and undeservedly neglected thought experiments make up the heart of the book, among them Newton's Bucket, Lucretius' Spear, Salvatius' Ship, Plato's Cave, and Wittgenstein's Beetle. Each experiment is followed by a brief discussion of possible consequences and the diverse reactions provoked. The author also offers sound advice on how to construct your own thought experiments. With its helpful glossary and index, the book offers an indispensable guide to making genuine progress in science and philosophy from the comfort of your own imagination.
|Book:||Wittgenstein's Beetle And Other Classic Thought Experiments|
|Publisher:||Oxford University Press|
|Number of Pages:||152|
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