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Towards a Pluralist Account of the Imagination in Science

Murphy, Alice (2019) Towards a Pluralist Account of the Imagination in Science. [Preprint]

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Typically, the imagination in thought experiments has been taken to consist in mental images; we visualise the state of affairs described. A recent alternative maintains that it is only the propositional imagination that is necessary for the conduct of a thought experiment (Salis and Frigg forthcoming). I set out problems with these monistic accounts, and develop a pluralist stance. Thought experiments appeal to a variety of our imaginative capacities and we ought to focus on the function of particular thought experiments when considering what type of imaginative engagement they invite.


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Murphy, Alicepram@leeds.ac.uk0000-0002-3707-6872
Keywords: Imagination Thought Experiments Pluralism Imagery
Subjects: General Issues > Thought Experiments
Depositing User: Ms Alice Murphy
Date Deposited: 06 Dec 2019 06:54
Last Modified: 06 Dec 2019 06:54
Item ID: 16685
Subjects: General Issues > Thought Experiments
Date: December 2019
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/16685

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