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Alice Murphy
Ludwig Maximilians Universität, München
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    Toward a Pluralist Account of the Imagination in Science.Alice Murphy - 2020 - Philosophy of Science 87 (5):957-967.
    Typically, the imagination in thought experiments has been taken to consist in mental images; we visualize the state of affairs described. A recent alternative from Fiora Salis and Roman Frigg main...
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    The Value of Surprise in Science.Steven French & Alice Murphy - forthcoming - Erkenntnis:1-20.
    Scientific results are often presented as ‘surprising’ as if that is a good thing. Is it? And if so, why? What is the value of surprise in science? Discussions of surprise in science have been limited, but surprise has been used as a way of defending the epistemic privilege of experiments over simulations. The argument is that while experiments can ‘confound’, simulations can merely surprise (Morgan 2005). Our aim in this paper is to show that the discussion of surprise can (...)
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    The Aesthetic and Literary Qualities of Scientific Thought Experiments.Alice Murphy - 2020 - In Milena Ivanova & Steven French (eds.), The Aesthetics of Science: Beauty, Imagination and Understanding.
    Is there a role for aesthetic judgements in science? One aspect of scientific practice, the use of thought experiments, has a clear aesthetic dimension. Thought experiments are creatively produced artefacts that are designed to engage the imagination. Comparisons have been made between scientific (and philosophical) thought experiments and other aesthetically appreciated objects. In particular, thought experiments are said to share qualities with literary fiction as they invite us to imagine a fictional scenario and often have a narrative form (Elgin 2014). (...)
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    Imagination in Science.Alice Murphy - 2022 - Philosophy Compass 17 (6):e12836.
    While discussions of the imagination have been limited in philosophy of science, this is beginning to change. In recent years, a vast literature on imagination in science has emerged. This paper surveys the current field, including the changing attitudes towards the scientific imagination, the fiction view of models, how the imagination can lead to knowledge and understanding, and the value of different types of imagination. It ends with a discussion of the gaps in the current literature, indicating avenues for future (...)
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    Imagination in Science.Alice Murphy - 2022 - Philosophy Compass 17 (6):e12836.
    Philosophy Compass, Volume 17, Issue 6, June 2022.
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    Are beautiful theories better theories?: Devon Brickhouse-Bryson: Judgements of beauty in theory evaluation. Maryland: Lexington Books, The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group, 148 pp, $90 HB. [REVIEW]Alice Murphy - 2021 - Metascience 31 (1):37-40.
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    CHIRIMUUTA, MAZVIITA. Outside Color: Perceptual Science and the Puzzle of Color in Philosophy. The MIT Press, 2015, Xii + 245 Pp., 5 Color + 10 B&W Illus., $40.00 Cloth. [REVIEW]Alice Murphy - 2016 - Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 74 (4):428-430.
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    Thought Experiments and the Scientific Imagination.Alice Murphy - 2020 - Dissertation, University of Leeds
    Thought experiments (TEs) are important tools in science, used to both undermine and support theories, and communicate and explain complex phenomena. Their interest within philosophy of science has been dominated by a narrow question: How do TEs increase knowledge? My aim is to push beyond this to consider their broader value in scientific practice. I do this through an investigation into the scientific imagination. Part one explores questions regarding TEs as “experiments in the imagination” via a debate concerning the epistemic (...)
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