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The Architecture of the Imagination: New Essays on Pretence, Possibility, and Fiction

Shaun Nichols


This book presents essays in the form of thirteen chapters on the propositional imagination. The propositional imagination — the mental capacity we exploit when we imagine that everyone is colour-blind or that Hamlet is a procrastinator — plays an essential role in philosophical theorizing, engaging with fiction, and in everyday life. These thirteen chapters extend the theoretical picture of the imagination and explore the philosophical implications of cognitive accounts of the imagination. The book also investigates broader philosophical issues surrounding the propositional imagination. The f ... More

Keywords: propositional imagination, emotion production, philosophy, theorizing, childhood, pretence, imaginative resistance, fiction, possibility, impossibility

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Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780199275731
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199275731.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Shaun Nichols, editor
University of Arizona

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1 Introduction

Shaun Nichols

Part I The Nature of the Imagination

2 Imagination and Emotion

Timothy Schroeder and Carl Matheson

5 The Intuitive Cosmology of Fictional Worlds

Deena Skolnick and Paul Bloom

Part II Pretence

6 Why Pretend?

Peter Carruthers

7 Why Irony is Pretence

Gregory Currie

Part III Imaginative Resistance

9 Imaginative Resistance Revisited

Tamar Szabó Gendler

Part IV Imagination and Possibility

End Matter