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The Demons of Science

What They Can and Cannot Tell Us About Our World

  • Friedel Weinert

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Friedel Weinert
    Pages 1-5
  3. Thought Experiments

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 7-7
    2. Friedel Weinert
      Pages 9-16
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      Pages 17-32
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      Pages 33-46
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      Pages 47-49
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      Pages 55-62
  4. Laplace’s Demon

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 63-63
    2. Friedel Weinert
      Pages 73-75
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      Pages 81-100
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      Pages 101-111
  5. Maxwell’s Demon

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 115-115
    2. Friedel Weinert
      Pages 117-122
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      Pages 123-125
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      Pages 131-141
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      Pages 143-152
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      Pages 153-166
  6. Nietzsche’s Demon

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 171-171
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      Pages 173-176
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      Pages 177-190
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      Pages 205-208
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  7. Conclusion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 227-227
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      Pages 229-230
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 231-251

About this book

Introduction

This book is the first all-encompassing exploration of the role of demons in philosophical and scientific thought experiments. In Part I, the author explains the importance of thought experiments in science and philosophy. Part II considers Laplace’s Demon, whose claim is that the world is completely deterministic. Part III introduces Maxwell’s Demon, who - by contrast - experiences a world that is probabilistic and indeterministic. Part IV explores Nietzsche’s thesis of the cyclic and eternal recurrence of events. In each case a number of philosophical consequences regarding determinism and indeterminism, the arrows of time, the nature of the mind and free will are said to follow from the Demons’s worldviews. The book investigates what these Demons - and others - can and cannot tell us about our world.  

Keywords

Laplace's Demon Maxwell's Demon Nietzsche's Demon Determinism and Indeterminism Arrows of time Mind and free will Loschmidt's Demon Paradoxes in classical mechanics Paradoxes in special relativity Entropy and information paradoxes Thought experiments in science Thought experiments in philosophy

Authors and affiliations

  • Friedel Weinert
    • 1
  1. 1.Faculty of Social SciencesUniversity of BradfordBradfordUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-31708-3
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-31707-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-31708-3
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