Wittgenstein's Beetle and Other Classic Thought Experiments

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Wittgenstein’s Beetle and Other Classic ThoughtExperiments invites readers to participate actively indiscovering the surprisingly powerful and fruitful tradition of"thought experiments."


  • Gives a lively presentation of an "A to Z" of 26 fascinatingand influential thought experiments from philosophy andscience
  • Presents vivid and often humorous discussion of theexperiments, including strengths and weaknesses, historicalcontext, and contemporary uses
  • Provides a "how to" section for engaging in thoughtexperiments
  • Includes illustrations, mini-biographies, and suggestions forfurther reading.

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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.

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Thought experiments have played a central and significant roleacross a broad spectrum of philosophy and science, clarifying andsolving complicated puzzles, problems and ideas in the‘laboratory of the mind’. This book offers a uniquecapsule history, inviting readers to participate actively in asurprisingly powerful and fruitful tradition.


Vivid examples from this fascinating history make up the heartof the book, including Newton’s Bucket, Lucretius’Spear, Salvatius’ Ship, Plato’s Cave, and of courseWittgenstein’s Beetle. Each experiment is followed by adiscussion offering possible inferences and consequences.


In the final section, Cohen examines the method of thoughtexperimentation suggesting key points for those wishing to harnessits power for new explorations.

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