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Croatian Journal of Philosophy

Volume 17, Issue 1, 2017

Michael T. Stuart
Pages 9-32

Imagination
A Sine Qua Non of Science

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