1st Edition

Epistemic Uses of Imagination

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ISBN 9780367480561
June 14, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
320 Pages

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Book Description

This book explores how imagination can be put to epistemic use. More specifically, the contributors address ways in which our imaginings must be constrained so as to justify beliefs and give rise to knowledge.

Imagination can be constrained in at least two ways. One concerns the contents we might entertain in a certain imaginative episode. The other concerns the appropriate ways to manipulate the content within the imagination. The essays in this volume explore several different contexts in which imagination is appealed to for justification, namely reasoning, modal epistemology, thought experiments, and knowledge of self and others. Together, they explain when and how imagination can be epistemically useful, and outline certain contexts where imagination is used epistemically.

Epistemic Uses of Imagination will be of interest to scholars and advanced students who are working on imagination, as well as those working more broadly in epistemology, aesthetics, and philosophy of mind.

Table of Contents


Section I: Modality and Modal Knowledge

1. Why We Need Something Like Imagery

Peter Kung

2. An Imaginative Person’s Guide to Objective Modality

Derek Lam

3. Crossing Rivers: Imagination and Real Possibilities

Rebecca Hanrahan

4. Imagination, Metaphysical Modality, and Modal Psychology

Michael Omoge

Section II: Reasoning

5. Reasoning with Imagination

Joshua Myers

6. Equivalence in Imagination

Franz Berto

7. How Imagination Can Justify

Christopher Badura

8. Imagination, Inference, and Apriority

Antonella Mallozzi

Section III: Thought Experiments

9. Narratives and Thought Experiments: Restoring the Role of Imagination

Margherita Arcangeli

10. Two Ways of Imagining Galileo’s Experiment

Margot Strohminger

11. Attention to Details: Imagination, Attention, and Epistemic Significance

Eric Peterson

Section IV: Understanding Self and Others

12. Bridging the Divide: Imagining Across Experiential Perspectives

Amy Kind

13. On Imagining Being Someone Else

Julia Langkau

14. "Imagine If They Did That to You!": The Complexity of Empathy

Luke Roelofs

15. Imagination, Selves, and Knowledge of Self: Pessoa’s Dreams in The Book of Disquiet

Nick Wiltsher and Bence Nanay

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Christopher Badura is a PhD student in philosophy at the Ruhr University Bochum, Germany, working on logics for imagination. His research interest is philosophical logic and its application to philosophical issues concerning imagination.

Amy Kind is Russell K. Pitzer Professor of Philosophy at Claremont McKenna College, where she also serves as Director of the Gould Center for Humanistic Studies. In addition to authoring the introductory textbooks Persons and Personal Identity and Philosophy of Mind: The Basics, she has edited Philosophy of Mind in the 20th and 21th Centuries, The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Imagination, and (with Peter Kung) Knowledge Through Imagination.


"This is a stunning and original collection of essays on imagination. It will advance discussions in epistemology, aesthetics, metaphysics, philosophy mind, and even philosophy of science."Neil Van Leeuwen, Georgia State University, USA