Wittgenstein's Beetle and Other Classic Thought Experiments

Wittgenstein's Beetle and Other Classic Thought Experiments

Author(s): Martin Cohen

Published Online: 25 FEB 2008

Print ISBN: 9781405121910

Online ISBN: 9780470776551

DOI: 10.1002/9780470776551

About this Book

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.

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  1. Part I: The A–Z

  2. Part II: Notes for Experimenters

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