A philosophy professor has launched a project to create 3D-printed models of philosophical thought experiments, along with other open-access materials “designed to teach learners of all ages about the problems of philosophy.”
“Make Philosophy” is the creation of Eli Shupe, assistant professor of philosophy and humanities at the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) and co-director of the university’s Medical Humanities and Bioethics Program. She works with Morgan Chivers, a librarian and artist-in-residence who works at UTA’s FabLab, as well a team of undergraduate research fellows.
The project’s 3D models depict the elements of the thought experiments and help make vivid what they ask about. The model of Judith Jarvis Thomson’s “Famous Violinist,” for example, connects statuettes of its subjects by a thread to be cut—or not.
For each thought experiment, Shupe and her team provide 3D printing files, instructions, and descriptions of the issues it is intended to raise.