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Aesthetics and the Sciences of Mind$
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Greg Currie, Matthew Kieran, Aaron Meskin, and Jon Robson

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199669639

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199669639.001.0001

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All Your Desires in One Box

All Your Desires in One Box

(p.181) 9 All Your Desires in One Box
Aesthetics and the Sciences of Mind

Jonathan M. Weinberg

Oxford University Press

Some philosophers have recently expressed scepticism about naturalistic functional role/‘boxological’ methodology in philosophical aesthetics, contending that they are explanatorily otiose. Some other philosophers, working within that methodology, have argued for the existence of a ‘make-desire’ box, in which imaginative desires are entertained. Weinberg argues for the efficacy of this naturalistic methodology by demonstrating how, properly deployed, it can be used to make a principled case rejecting any such imaginative analogue of desire.

Keywords:   functional role methodology, imagination, desire, cognitive architecture, fiction

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