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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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Imaginative Resistance Revisited

Imaginative Resistance Revisited

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The Architecture of the Imagination

Tamar Szabó Gendler (Contributor Webpage)

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The puzzle of imaginative resistance is the puzzle of explaining our comparative difficulty in imagining fictional worlds that we take to be morally deviant. The author of this chapter, Szabó Gendler, refines her earlier (2000) account of the phenomenon. The chapter argues that cases that evoke resistance are those where seriously engaging with the proposed fictional perspective would alter the reader's apprehension of the actual world in unwanted ways. It contrasts the author's account with those of several other authors, including Hume, Walton, and Weatherson.

Keywords:   imaginative resistance, imagination, fiction, morality, Hume, Walton, Weatherson

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