What If.... Collected Thought Experiments in Philosophy

ISBN-10: 0321202783
ISBN-13: 9780321202789
Edition: 2005
Authors: Peg Tittle
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List price: $56.95
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 5/5/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

What If . . . Collected Philosophical Thought Experiments is a brief, inexpensive collection of over 100 classic and contemporary “thought experiments”, each with an accompanying commentary and thought provoking questions, which explore philosophical arguments and often address a genuine problem in life. The value of the book is in its simplicity in both format and tone: each thought experiment is accompanied by commentary that explains the importance of the experiment, and questions to provoke thought and discussion, all encapsulated within two pages. The book is direct, clear and conversational but does not dilute difficult ideas. Anyone interested in the major issues philosophers discuss, and how they use thought experiments to explore their arguments.

Preface
Introduction
Metaphysics
Space, Time, and Reality
Zeno's Achilles
Lucretius's Spear
Berkeley's Impossibility of Conceiving the Unconceived
Nietzsche's Eternal Recurrence
Strawson's No-Space World
Quinton's Two-Space Myth
Shoemaker's Time-Freezing World
Free Will and Determinism
Locke's Voluntary Prisoner
James's Way Home
Lyon's Card Predictor
Goldman's Book of Life
Frankfurt's Willing Addict
Taylor's Ingenious Physiologist
Philosophy of Religion
Gaunilo's Lost Island
Pascal's Wager
Hume's Infant, Inferior, or Superannuated Deity
Paley's Watch
Wisdom's Long-Neglected Garden
Hick's Resurrected People
Hick's World with Flexible Laws of Nature
Plantinga's Curley Smith and Transworld Depravity
Rowe's Fawn
Philosophy of Mind
Locke's Inverted Spectrum
Leibniz's Machine
Turing's Imitation Game
Kirk and Squires's Zombies
Nagel's Bat
Block's Chinese Nation
Rorty's Antipodeans
Searle's Chinese Room
Putnam's Brain in a Vat
Jackson's Mary, the Brilliant Color Scientist
Searle's Brain Replacement
Personal Identity
Hobbes's Ship of Theseus
Locke's Prince and Cobbler
Reid's Brave Officer
Leibniz's King of China
Williams's Charles and Guy Fawkes--and Robert
Shoemaker's Brownson
Williams's Body Exchange/Mind Swap
Perry's Divided Self
Price's E. coli John
Parfit's Fission
Parfit's Teletransporter
Philosophy of Language
James's Squirrel
Wittgenstein's Games
Wittgenstein's "S"
Ayer's Robinson Crusoe
Quine's Gavagai
Putnam's Twin Earth
Epistemology
The Possibility of Knowledge
Descartes's Evil Demon
Russell's Five-Minute Hypothesis
The Sources of Knowledge
Plato's Equal Portions of Wood and Stone
Descartes's Wax
Molyneux's Blind Man
Hume's Missing Shade of Blue
Hume's Constant Conjunction
Kant's A Priori Space
Mill's Chaotic World
The Conditions of Knowledge
Gettier's Smith and Jones (and Brown in Barcelona)
Skyrms's Pyromaniac
Harman's False Report
Goldman's Fake Barns
Bonjour's Clairvoyants
Plantinga's Epistemically Inflexible Climber
Lehrer's Mr. Truetemp
Logic
The Liar Paradox
The Barber Paradox
Frege's Other-Thinking Beings
The Surprise Quiz
Black's Two Spheres
Goodman's Grue
Ethics
Ethical Theory
Plato's Ring of Gyges
Godwin's Fenelon
Moore's Two Worlds
Smart's Deluded Sadist
Foot's Gas
Brandt's Spelunkers
Williams's Jim in South America
Nozick's Experience Machine
Feinberg's Egoist
Jamieson and Regan's Chainsaw
Jamieson and Regan's Terrorist Tank
Thomson's Trolley Problem
Thomson's Transplant Problem
Donaldson's Equim
Applied Ethics
Thomson's Violinist
Thomson's Growing Child in a Tiny House
Thomson's People-seeds
Tooley's Kitten
Warren's Space Traveler
Warren's Space Explorer
Sylvan's Last People
Rachels's Smith and Jones at the Bathtub
Harris's Survival Lottery
The Routleys' Nuclear Train
Regan's Lifeboat
Caste's Hedonine and Pononine
Battin's Automatic Reversible Contraception
Social and Political Philosophy
Locke's Acorns and Apples
The Prisoner's Dilemma
Hardin's Tragedy of the Commons
Rawls's Veil of Ignorance
Nozick's Wilt Chamberlain
Hardin's Lifeboat
O'Neill's Lifeboat
Alexander's Doomsday Machine
Marty's Two Shipwrecked Islanders
Parfit's Nobelist
Mills's Mr. Oreo
Aesthetics
Dewey's Finely Wrought Object
Ziff's Eccentric and Peculiar Objects
Danto's Randomly Generated Object
Moore's Glass Flowers
Carroll's Loathe Letter
Just One More ...
Patton's Can Bad Men Make Good Brains Do Bad Things?
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