Special Issue "God out of Mind: Thought Experiments, Science, and Religion"
A special issue of Religions (ISSN 2077-1444).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (1 May 2019).
Interests: Science and Religion, with a special focus on Christianity and Judaism
There was a time when the method of thought experiments was discussed exclusively by philosophers of science. In the past thirty years the scope of the investigation has widened significantly. The enormous body of literature on thought experiments that is available today is truly interdisciplinary. This special issue is intended to facilitate further discussion on central topics at the intersection of thought experiments, science, and religion, such as: In what sense can we say that thought experiments are a method of theological inquiry? Does the employment of thought experiments for cognitive purposes rest on theological assumptions about the power of the mind? Is religion a function of thought experiments? What thought experiments can be found in the various religious traditions? Is the use of thought experiments in science, religion, and theology comparable? Given that thought experiments are conveyed by means of polished narratives, what links between science and literature are thereby established that could prove useful in understanding the important role of holy texts in religions? Is the imagination that we find utilized in religious frameworks to make sense of the world at the roots of the cognitive efficacy of some thought experiments? And, in what sense should the discussion of thought experiments at the intersection of science and religion inform theories of creativity?
Confirmed contributors to this special issue include Stefan Bauberger, James R. Brown, Marco Buzzoni, Valentina Savojardo, Travis Dumsday, Menachem Fisch, Steve Fuller, Ingrid Lindberg, Mark Shumelda, Uwe Meixner, Harald Wiltsche, and Ilana Kurshan. Unsolicited submissions are welcome. A Knowledge Unlatched Grant makes this special issue possible.
Prof. Dr. Yiftach Fehige
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- thought experiments