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Imagining and KnowingThe Shape of Fiction$
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Gregory Currie

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780199656615

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2020

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780199656615.001.0001

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How fiction works

How fiction works

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Imagining and Knowing

Gregory Currie

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Moving from the production to the consumption side of fiction, I argue against a proposal of Derek Matravers, who claims that appeals to the imagination won’t help us distinguish between the responses of an audience to fiction and to non-fiction. I reject Matravers’ proposal, along with his claim that representations do not motivate action in egocentric space. I also reject the idea that much of the work we have supposed to be done by imagination is actually done by a state recently called ‘alief’ (Gendler). I defend the idea that imagination plays an important role in our interpretation of other people—real as well as fictional. I defend the irreducibility of the imagination to other states.

Keywords:   imagination, fiction, alief, propositional attitudes, Derek Matravers, Tamar Szabó Gendler

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