Philosophy Compass 17 (6):e12836 (2022)

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Alice Murphy
Ludwig Maximilians Universität, München
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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 research.
Keywords imagination  creativity  scientific models  thought experiments  fiction  understanding  mental imagery  aphantasia
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DOI 10.1111/phc3.12836
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