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Explaining Imagination

Peter Langland-Hassan


Imagination will remain a mystery—we will not be able to explain imagination—until we can break it into simpler parts that are more easily understood. Explaining Imagination is a guidebook for doing just that, where the simpler parts are other familiar mental states like beliefs, desires, judgments, decisions, and intentions. In different combinations and contexts, these states constitute cases of imagining. This reductive approach to imagination is at direct odds with the current orthodoxy, which sees imagination as an irreducible, sui generis mental state or process—one that influences our j ... More

Keywords: imagination, imagine, mental imagery, pretense, folk psychology, conditionals, fiction, creativity, beliefs, reduction

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780198815068
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198815068.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter Langland-Hassan, author
Associate Professor of Philosophy, University of Cincinnati