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Perceptual Imagination and Perceptual Memory$
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Fiona Macpherson and Fabian Dorsch

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198717881

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198717881.001.0001

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How Imagination Gives Rise to Knowledge

How Imagination Gives Rise to Knowledge

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(p.227) 11 How Imagination Gives Rise to Knowledge
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Perceptual Imagination and Perceptual Memory
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Amy Kind

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198717881.003.0011

Though philosophers such as Wittgenstein and Sartre have dismissed imagination as epistemically irrelevant, this chapter argues that there are numerous cases in which imagining can help to justify our contingent beliefs about the world. The argument proceeds by the consideration of case studies involving two particularly gifted imaginers, Nikola Tesla and Temple Grandin. Importantly, the lessons that we learn from these case studies are applicable to cases involving less gifted imaginers as well. Though not all imaginings will have justificatory power, the chapter shows how the sorts of cases in which imagining plays an epistemic role can be easily distinguished from the sorts of cases in which it does not.

Keywords:   imagination, knowledge, justification, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Jean-Paul Sartre

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