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In: Literature as Thought Experiment?
Interdisziplinäre Studien zu Randgebieten der Wissenschaft in der Moderne: Wie muss etwas Neues beschaffen sein, damit es im Wissenschaftssystem verankert werden kann?
Unter welchen Umständen werden wissenschaftliche Heterodoxien als Innovationen anerkannt, als Minderheitenpositionen toleriert oder als Aberrationen abgelehnt? Welche Prozesse begünstigen die Integration alternativer Theorien in ein dominantes Paradigma, welche begünstigen ihre Marginalisierung? Diesen Fragen geht der Band „Wissenschaftliche Heterodoxien in der Moderne“ nach.
Perspectives from Philosophy and Literary Studies
Many people share the intuition that by turning to works of literature something can be learned about the world. One way to explain the epistemic access to the world that fictional literature provides is by comparing it to thought experiments. Both – thought experiments and works of fiction – might be seen as imaginative exercises which help to find out what would or could happen if certain conditions were met. This comparison of fictional literature with thought experiments provides the point of departure for the contributions in our volume. It contributes to the discussion of an approach that has quite recently entered the field of the philosophy of literature.