Fiktionen als heuristische Paradigmen

This entry is part 11 of 24 in the series Vol 3-2018

Abstract: The aim of this paper is to investigate in three steps to which philosophical consequences the conception of fiction as hypothesis or heuristic assumption can lead. I will first sketch the understanding of an idea as a heuristic fiction following Kant. In a second step, I will examine the critique of Hans Vaihinger to the Kantian comparison between fiction and hypothesis and his praise for the stronger reading of fiction by Salomon Maimon. In the end I will develop some remarks on the systematic consequences of the determination of fiction as a hypothetical or heuristic assumption in the literature.

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