Thought Experiments in Science, Philosophy, and the Arts

by Melanie Frappier (Editor), Letitia Meynell (Editor), James Robert Brown (Editor)
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Series: Routledge Studies in the Philosophy of Science
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 23rd June 2015
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.43

From Lucretius throwing a spear beyond the boundary of the universe to Einstein racing against a beam of light, thought experiments stand as a fascinating challenge to the necessity of data in the empirical sciences. Are these experiments, conducted uniquely in our imagination, simply rhetorical devices or communication tools or are they an essential part of scientific practice? This volume surveys the current state of the debate and explores new avenues of research into the epistemology of thought experiments.

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