13. Paradoxes of Sailing

The Physics of Sailing and the Import of Thought Experiments

  1. Fritz Allhoff
  1. John D. Norton

Published Online: 11 SEP 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118336465.ch13

Sailing - Philosophy for Everyone: Catching the Drift of Why We Sail

Sailing - Philosophy for Everyone: Catching the Drift of Why We Sail

How to Cite

Norton, J. D. (2012) Paradoxes of Sailing, in Sailing - Philosophy for Everyone: Catching the Drift of Why We Sail (ed F. Allhoff), Blackwell Publishing Ltd., Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118336465.ch13

Editor Information

  1. Western Michigan University, USA

Author Information

  1. University of Pittsburgh, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 11 SEP 2012
  2. Published Print: 1 JUL 2012

Book Series:

  1. Philosophy for Everyone

Book Series Editors:

  1. Patrick Goold

Series Editor Information

  1. Virginia Wesleyan College, USA

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470671856

Online ISBN: 9781118336465

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Keywords:

  • paradoxes of sailing, physics of sailing and thought experiments;
  • paradoxes in philosophy, difficult technical problems with sailing;
  • puzzles over sailing, as more fundamental than engineering challenges;
  • first two paradoxes, causal metaphysics and thought experiment;
  • sailboat, gaining against winds, from different “points of sail”;
  • powering a sailboat, wind and faster motion, directed against wind;
  • sailboats creating wind, the paradox over bicycle and sailboat

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Appendix: Analysis of the Wind-Powered Boat