Knowledge Through Imagination by Amy KindKnowledge Through Imagination by Amy Kind

Knowledge Through Imagination

EditorAmy Kind, Peter Kung

Hardcover | April 3, 2016

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Imagination is celebrated as our vehicle for escape from the mundane here and now. It transports us to distant lands of magic and make-believe. It provides us with diversions during boring meetings or long bus rides. It enables creation of new things that the world has never seen. Yet thefocus on imagination as a means of escape from the real world minimizes the fact that imagination seems also to furnish us with knowledge about it. Imagination seems an essential component in our endeavor to learn about the world in which we live - whether we're planning for the future, aiming tounderstand other people, or figuring out whether two puzzle pieces fit together. But how can the same mental power that allows us to escape the world as it currently is also inform us about the world as it currently is? The ten original essays in Knowledge Through Imagination, along with a substantial introduction by the editors, grapple with this neglected question; in doing so, they present a diverse array of positions ranging from cautious optimism to deep-seated pessimism. Many of the essays proceed byconsidering specific domains of inquiry where imagination is often employed - from the navigation of our immediate environment, to the prediction of our own and other peoples' behavior, to the investigation of ethical truth. Other essays assess the prospects for knowledge through imagination from amore general perspective, looking at issues of cognitive architecture and basic rationality. Blending perspectives from philosophy of mind, cognitive science, epistemology, aesthetics, and ethics, Knowledge Through Imagination sheds new light on the epistemic role of imagination.
Amy Kind is Professor of Philosophy at Claremont McKenna College. Although she has broad interests in the philosophy of mind, most of her research centers on issues relating to phenomenal consciousness and issues relating to the imagination. Her work has appeared in journals such as Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, Philosophic...
Title:Knowledge Through ImaginationFormat:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.03 inPublished:April 3, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Amy Kind and Peter Kung: Introduction: The Puzzle of Imaginative UsePart One: Taxonomical and Architectural Approaches1. Magdalena Balcerak Jackson: On the Epistemic Value of Imagining, Supposing, and Conceiving2. Peter Langland-Hassan: On Choosing What to Imagine3. Neil Van Leeuwen: The Imaginative AgentPart Two: Optimistic Approaches4. Timothy Williamson: Knowing by Imagining5. Jonathan Jenkins Ichikawa: Modals and Modal Epistemology6. Amy Kind: Imagining Under Constraints7. Jennifer Church: Perceiving people as people: An Overlooked Role for the ImaginationPart Three: Skeptical Approaches8. Heidi Maibom: Knowing Me, Knowing You: Failure to Forecast and the Empathic Imagination9. Shannon Spaulding: Imagination Through Knowledge10. Peter Kung: Thought Experiments in Ethics