Linked bibliography for the SEP article "Thought Experiments" by James Robert Brown and Yiftach Fehige

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The number of papers, anthologies, and monographs has been growing immensely since the beginning of the 1990s. It might be useful to highlight that in existing literature (Kühne 2006) remains the most substantial historical study on the philosophical exploration of thought experiments. And (Sorensen 1992) remains the most comprehensive philosophical study of thought experiments. More than other monographs both of these studies well exceed the author’s own systematic contribution to what is considered the primary epistemological challenge presented by thought experiments. Also, this bibliography does not include the many (we count about eight) popular books on thought experiments (like Wittgenstein’s Beetle and Other Classical Thought Experiments by Martin Cohen); nor do we list fiction that is related to the subject (like “The End of Mr. Y” by Scarlett Thomas). Further, for undergraduate teaching purposes one might want to consider Doing Philosophy: An Introduction Through Thought Experiments (edited by Theodore Schick, Jr. and Lewis Vaughn, fifth edition, 2012, Boston: McGraw Hill Higher Education). Moreover, a number of philosophical journals have dedicated part or all of an issue to the topic of thought experiments, including the Croatian Journal of Philosophy (19/VII, 2007), Deutsche Zeitschrift für Philosophie (1/59, 2011), Informal Logic (3/17, 1995), Philosophica (1/72, 2003), Perspectives on Science (2/22, 2014), Berichte zur Wissenschaftsgeschichte (1/38, 2015)), as well as TOPOI (forthcoming) and HOPOS (forthcoming). Furthermore, a companion to thought experiments exists now: The Routledge Companion to Thought Experiments was published in 2017. It includes a substantial state of the art report (pp. 1–28), and exclusively original chapters on most of the topics that have been receiving much attention in the discussion of thought experiments. The bibliography below will not list each of the chapters of that companion, unless a chapter was cited in our entry. Also, it is important to note that the bibliography lists only publications that address thought experiments as such. Not included are the many specialized papers that discuss a particular thought experiment in its systematic contribution to the discussion of a particular issue (such as Putnam’s twin earth scenario to support semantic externalism). Again, exceptions are made when such work is cited.

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