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The Architecture of the ImaginationNew Essays on Pretence, Possibility, and Fiction$
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Shaun Nichols

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199275731

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199275731.001.0001

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Puzzling over the Imagination: Philosophical Problems, Architectural Solutions

Puzzling over the Imagination: Philosophical Problems, Architectural Solutions

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(p.175) 10 Puzzling over the Imagination: Philosophical Problems, Architectural Solutions
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The Architecture of the Imagination
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Jonathan M. Weinberg (Contributor Webpage)

Aaron Meskin

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199275731.003.0010

This chapter addresses three distinct philosophical issues concerning the imagination: the puzzle of emotions and fiction, imaginative resistance, and the distinction between imagination and supposition. Standard approaches to these issues, which restrict themselves to the resources of folk psychology and metaphysics, are shown to be inadequate. Instead, an alternative approach rooted in careful exploration of the cognitive architecture of the imagination is developed. This approach transforms the aforementioned puzzles about the imagination into explananda apt for a scientifically-informed explanation. The result is an account of the imagination which, in addition to explaining these three key imaginative phenomena, shows promise for solving other related issues such as the epistemic value of modal intuitions. Moreover, it is a vindication of a certain kind of naturalistic approach to philosophy, not just in the philosophy of mind but also in aesthetics and epistemology.

Keywords:   aesthetics, cognitive architecture, emotions, epistemology, fiction, imagination, imaginative resistance, modal intuitions, naturalistic approach, supposition

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