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Apt Imaginings: Feelings for Fictions and Other Creatures of the Mind

Jonathan Gilmore


Do people’s responses to works of art track their responses to the real world? Specifically, do emotions, cognitions, and desires elicited by fictional stories and visual imaginings differ—in their constitution or the norms that govern them—from those based on beliefs and perceptions? A commitment to one or another answer to this question animates reflection on the nature of art from Plato’s banishment of dramatic poetry from his ideal state to theories in cognitive science of the role of imagination in our mental life. This book defends a thesis of normative discontinuity: although the doxast ... More

Keywords: imagination, aptness, emotion, fiction, function, discontinuity, make-believe, rationality, desire

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780190096342
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190096342.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jonathan Gilmore, author
Associate Professor of Philosophy, CUNY