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The Routledge Companion to Thought Experiments (2017)


Stuart, Michael T. (Editor)
Fehige, Yiftach (Editor)
Brown, James Robert (Editor)


Publication Date: 2017
Physical Details: 582
Language: English

Thought experiments are a means of imaginative reasoning that lie at the heart of philosophy, from the pre-Socratics to the modern era, and they also play central roles in a range of fields, from physics to politics. The Routledge Companion to Thought Experiments is an invaluable guide and reference source to this multifaceted subject. Comprising over 30 chapters by a team of international contributors, the Companion covers the following important areas: · the history of thought experiments, from antiquity to the trolley problem and quantum non-locality; · thought experiments in the humanities, arts, and sciences, including ethics, physics, theology, biology, mathematics, economics, and politics; · theories about the nature of thought experiments; · new discussions concerning the impact of experimental philosophy, cross-cultural comparison studies, metaphilosophy, computer simulations, idealization, dialectics, cognitive science, the artistic nature of thought experiments, and metaphysical issues. This broad ranging Companion goes backwards through history and sideways across disciplines. It also engages with philosophical perspectives from empiricism, rationalism, naturalism, skepticism, pluralism, contextualism, and neo-Kantianism to phenomenology. This volume will be valuable for anyone studying the methods of philosophy or any discipline that employs thought experiments, as well as anyone interested in the power and limits of the mind.

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Authors & Contributors
Nado, Jennifer
Yann Piot
Beebe, James R.
Fischer, Eugen
Sarkissian, Hagop
Skorburg, Joshua August
British Journal for the History of Philosophy
Isis: International Review Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences
Centaurus: International Magazine of the History of Mathematics, Science, and Technology
Cambridge University Press
Springer International Publishing
W. W. Norton & Co.
Classiques Garnier
Bloomsbury Academic
Experimental philosophy
Experiments and experimentation
Thought experiments
Volder, Burchardus de
Austin, John Langshaw
Southey, Robert
Knobe, Joshua
Sytsma, Justin
Wilson, John Cook
Time Periods
18th century
17th century
19th century
Early modern
20th century, early
Great Britain

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