The Productive Anarchy of Scientific Imagination

Philosophy of Science 87 (5):968-978 (2020)
  Copy   BIBTEX


Imagination is important for many things in science: solving problems, interpreting data, designing studies, etc. Philosophers of imagination typically account for the productive role played by imagination in science by focusing on how imagination is constrained, e.g., by using self-imposed rules to infer logically, or model events accurately. But the constraints offered by these philosophers either constrain too much, or not enough, and they can never account for uses of imagination that are needed to break today’s constraints in order to make progress tomorrow. Thus, epistemology of imagination needs to make room for an element of epistemological anarchy.



    Upload a copy of this work     Papers currently archived: 91,139

External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library

Similar books and articles

Imagination: A Sine Qua Non of Science.Michael T. Stuart - 2017 - Croatian Journal of Philosophy (49):9-32.
Kant on the imagination and geometrical certainty.Mary Domski - 2010 - Perspectives on Science 18 (4):409-431.
Kant’s Productive Imagination and its Alleged Antecedents.Alfredo Ferrarin - 1995 - Graduate Faculty Philosophy Journal 18 (1):65-92.
Capturing the scientific imagination.Fiora Salis & Roman Frigg - 2019 - In Arnon Levy & Peter Godfrey-Smith (eds.), The Scientific Imagination. New York, US: Oup Usa.
Hume's Phenomenology of the Imagination.Timothy M. Costelloe - 2007 - Journal of Scottish Philosophy 5 (1):31-45.
Cultivating Moral Imagination through Meditation.Paul G. La Forge - 2004 - Journal of Business Ethics 51 (1):15-29.


Added to PP

49 (#308,026)

6 months
14 (#148,809)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?

Author's Profile

Michael T. Stuart
University of York

References found in this work

Does conceivability entail possibility.David J. Chalmers - 2002 - In Tamar Szabo Gendler & John Hawthorne (eds.), Conceivability and Possibility. Oxford University Press. pp. 145--200.
Counterfactuals.David Lewis - 1973 - Philosophy of Science 42 (3):341-344.
The material theory of induction.John D. Norton - 2021 - Calgary, Alberta, Canada: University of Calgary Press.
Is conceivability a guide to possibility?Stephen Yablo - 1993 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 53 (1):1-42.
Against Method.P. Feyerabend - 1975 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 26 (4):331-342.

View all 28 references / Add more references