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Thought Experiments [Paperback]

Roy A. Sorensen

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1 Dec 1998
In this book, Roy Sorensen presents the first general theory of the thought experiment. He analyses a wide variety of thought experiments, ranging from aesthetics to zoology, and explores what thought experiments are, how they work, and what their positive and negative aspects are. Sorensen also sets his theory within an evolutionary framework and integrates recent advances in experimental psychology and the history of science.

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"The first full-scale treatment of thought experiments....The book is clearly written and largely nontechnical. It bears on the nature of theorizing in general, owing to its careful treatment of a wide range of cases of theoretical activity. Recommended for all libraries."--Choice"This book is written in a vivid, jaunty style....The array of philosophical positions and the many examples are presented with such clarity and freshness...that this book can be recommended both as an unusual but engaging introduction to philosophy and as a sensitive analysis and defence of the cognitive power of thought experiments."--Times Higher Education Supplement"Sorensen's book is a useful collection of reflections on the definition and logic of thought experiments."--The Times Literary Supplement"[An] important new book....Sorensen articulates what is sure to become one of the central views about thought experiments, but he also provides an excellent introduction to this wonderful subject. The topic has rather suddenly become a growth industry. Besides its other virtues, Roy Sorensen's Thought Experiments also offers a very good leg in."--Canadian Journal of Philosophy

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5.0 out of 5 stars Stellar - Must have book! - Seriously 20 Feb 2006
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It's hard to find books that are really worth having. For example, Drahos book - "Philosophy of IP" and Eisenstein's "Printing Press as an Agent of Change" are two similar grade books.

You first have to ask, "who has written about thought experiments in the first place" and then "who has written a book at this level of quality?". For all of the trash talk about "innovation" that goes around these days and all of those people who pretend to know something about innovation starting with the CEO's of any of your famous companies right down to the arrogant high school students, should take some time and read this book because this gets to the heart of thinking.

It is not exhaustive nor was it intended to be I believe but Sorenson did a very fine job with what he presented and I highly recommend it to technical and non-technical minded people.

Take your time and read a few pages a time and then chew on what he has to say. You don't wolf down a bottle of 12 year old scotch like Gatorade. Neither should you consume this in such a manner.

Fine piece of work.
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