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The Routledge Companion to Thought Experiments

Edited by: Michael T. Stuart , Yiftach Fehige , James Robert Brown

Print publication date:  July  2017
Online publication date:  July  2017

Print ISBN: 9780415735087
eBook ISBN: 9781315175027
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315175027
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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.

Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Chapter  1:  The Triple Life of Ancient Thought Experiments Download PDF
Chapter  2:  Thought Experiments in Plato Download PDF
Chapter  3:  Aristotle and Thought Experiments Download PDF
Chapter  4:  Experimental Thoughts on Thought Experiments in Medieval Islam Download PDF
Chapter  5:  Galileo’s Thought Experiments Download PDF
Chapter  6:  Thought Experiments in Newton and Leibniz Download PDF
Chapter  7:  Thought Experiments, Epistemology and Our Cognitive (In)Capacities Download PDF
Chapter  8:  Thought Experiments in Political Philosophy Download PDF
Chapter  9:  Thought Experiments in Economics Download PDF
Chapter  10:  Theology and Thought Experiments Download PDF
Chapter  11:  Thought Experiments in Ethics Download PDF
Chapter  12:  Happiest Thoughts Download PDF
Chapter  13:  Thought Experiments in Biology Download PDF
Chapter  14:  Thought Experiments in Mathematics Download PDF
Chapter  15:  The Argument View Download PDF
Chapter  16:  Platonism and the A Priori in Thought Experiments Download PDF
Chapter  17:  Cognitive Science, Mental Modeling, and Thought Experiments Download PDF
Chapter  18:  Kantian Accounts of Thought Experiments Download PDF
Chapter  19:  Phenomenology and Thought Experiments Download PDF
Chapter  20:  Intuition and Its Critics Download PDF
Chapter  21:  Thought Experiments and Experimental Philosophy Download PDF
Chapter  22:  Thought Experiments in Current Metaphilosophical Debates Download PDF
Chapter  23:  Historicism and Cross-Culture Comparison Download PDF
Chapter  24:  A Dialectical Account of Thought Experiments Download PDF
Chapter  25:  The Worst Thought Experiment Download PDF
Chapter  26:  Thought Experiments and Idealizations Download PDF
Chapter  27:  Thought Experiments and Simulation Experiments Download PDF
Chapter  28:  Images and Imagination in Thought Experiments Download PDF
Chapter  29:  Art and Thought Experiments Download PDF
Chapter  30:  How Thought Experiments Increase Understanding Download PDF
Chapter  31:  On the Identity of Thought Experiments Download PDF
Thought_Experiments_State_of_the Download PDF
Index_of_Thought_Experiments_Discussed Download PDF
Author_Subject_Index Download PDF
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