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Michael T. Stuart
National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University
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What role does the imagination play in scientific progress? After examining several studies in cognitive science, I argue that one thing the imagination does is help to increase scientific understanding, which is itself indispensable for scientific progress. Then, I sketch a transcendental justification of the role of imagination in this process.
Keywords Imagination  Understanding  Scientific Progress  Schema  Problem of Coordination  Thought Experiments
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