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The Iranian MetaphysicalsExplorations in Science, Islam, and the Uncanny$
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Alireza Doostdar

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780691163772

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691163772.001.0001

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Wings of Imagination

Wings of Imagination

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The Iranian Metaphysicals

Alireza Doostdar

Princeton University Press

This chapter examines imaginative uses of science to highlight the variety of ways in which scientific imaginaries permeate understandings of religious phenomena, even such central theological concepts as the Day of Judgment and divine rewards and punishments. A scientific imaginary consists of two things: first is an experimental template for transposing ways of knowing (concepts, models, methods, evidential considerations, styles of reasoning, interpretive schemas, subjective orientations, etc.) from one or more well-established contexts of scientific knowledge-practice to less-explored terrain. Second, a scientific imaginary comprises images and representations that capture a range of aspirations, hopes, fears, anxieties, and moral judgments attached to scientific knowledge and practice. The chapter considers three examples of self-consciously playful and tentative deployments of scientific imaginaries.

Keywords:   science, scientific imaginaries, religious phenomena, scientific knowledge, moral judgments

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