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  • The Routledge Companion to Thought Experiments

    Edited by Michael T Stuart, Yiftach Fehige, James Robert Brown

    Thought experiments are a means of imaginative reasoning that lie at the heart of philosophy, from the pre-Socratics to the modern era, and they also play central roles in a range of fields, from physics to politics. The Routledge Companion to Thought Experiments is an invaluable guide and…

    Hardback – 2017-07-18
    Routledge
    Routledge Philosophy Companions

  • The Rational and the Social

    How to Understand Science in a Social World

    By James Robert Brown

    To paraphrase Marx, sociologists have only interpreted science; the point is to improve it. The Rational and the Social attempts both. It begins by sketching recent sociological approaches to science, notably the strong programme – Bloor’s ‘science of science’ and Barnes’s ‘finitism’ – and that of…

    Paperback – 2016-05-20
    Routledge
    Routledge Library Editions: Social Theory

  • Thought Experiments in Science, Philosophy, and the Arts

    Edited by Melanie Frappier, Letitia Meynell, James Robert Brown

    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…

    Paperback – 2015-06-23
    Routledge
    Routledge Studies in the Philosophy of Science

  • Platonism, Naturalism, and Mathematical Knowledge

    By James Robert Brown

    This study addresses a central theme in current philosophy: Platonism vs Naturalism and provides accounts of both approaches to mathematics, crucially discussing Quine, Maddy, Kitcher, Lakoff, Colyvan, and many others. Beginning with accounts of both approaches, Brown defends Platonism by arguing…

    Paperback – 2014-07-03
    Routledge
    Routledge Studies in the Philosophy of Science

  • The Laboratory of the Mind

    Thought Experiments in the Natural Sciences, 2nd Edition

    By James Robert Brown

    Newton's bucket, Einstein's elevator, Schrödinger's cat – these are some of the best-known examples of thought experiments in the natural sciences. But what function do these experiments perform? Are they really experiments at all? Can they help us gain a greater understanding of the natural world?…

    Paperback – 2010-07-27
    Routledge

  • Philosophy of Mathematics

    A Contemporary Introduction to the World of Proofs and Pictures, 2nd Edition

    By James Robert Brown

    In his long-awaited new edition of Philosophy of Mathematics, James Robert Brown tackles important new as well as enduring questions in the mathematical sciences. Can pictures go beyond being merely suggestive and actually prove anything? Are mathematical results certain? Are experiments of any…

    Paperback – 2008-01-15
    Routledge
    Routledge Contemporary Introductions to Philosophy

  • Philosophy of Mathematics

    An Introduction to a World of Proofs and Pictures

    By James Robert Brown

    Philosophy of Mathematics is an excellent introductory text. This student friendly book discusses the great philosophers and the importance of mathematics to their thought. It includes the following topics:* the mathematical image* platonism* picture-proofs* applied mathematics* Hilbert and Godel…

    Paperback – 1999-07-22
    Routledge
    Philosophical Issues in Science

  • Smoke and Mirrors

    How Science Reflects Reality

    By James Robert Brown

    Realism is an enlightening story, a tale which enriches our experience and makes it more intelligible. Yet this wonderful picture of humanity's best efforts at knowledge has been badly bruised by numerous critics. James Robert Brown in Smoke and Mirrors fights back against figures such as Richard…

    Paperback – 1994-02-03
    Routledge
    Philosophical Issues in Science

  • The Laboratory of the Mind

    Thought Experiments in the Natural Sciences

    By James Robert Brown

    Thought experiments are performed in the laboratory of the mind. Beyond this metaphor it is difficult to say just what these remarkable devices for investigating nature are or how they work. Though most scientists and philosophers would admit their great importance, there has been very little…

    Paperback – 1993-04-29
    Routledge
    Philosophical Issues in Science

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