Imagination: A sine qua non of science

Michael T. Stuart*

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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 itselfindispensable for scientific progress. Then, I sketch a transcendental justification of the role of imagination in this process.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9-32
Number of pages24
JournalCroatian Journal of Philosophy
Issue number49
StatePublished - 2017


  • Imagination
  • Problem of coordination
  • Schema
  • Scientific progress
  • Thought experiments
  • Understanding


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