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The Scientific Imagination: Philosophical and Psychological Perspectives

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2020.04.03 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Arnon Levy and Peter Godfrey-Smith (eds.), The Scientific Imagination: Philosophical and Psychological Perspectives, Oxford University Press, 2020, 344pp., $85.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780190212308.  Reviewed by Timothy Williamson, University of Oxford The imagination is not a random idea generator. Nor is it confined to dumb association of ideas. It is often intelligent, well-informed, and sharply focused. This collection of thirteen new essays reflects growing agreement that imagination plays a key role in science, not just in thinking up hypotheses, but in testing them. Although thought experiments and idealized models provide salient examples, they are far from the only ones. But precisely articulating the nature of the scientific imagination and its products is no easy challenge. The sixteen authors include many of those who have already made significant contributions to meeting the challenge. The volume furthers the debate and will encourage others to get involved. It is greatly to be welcomed; any critical... Read More

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