The sensory component of imagination: The motor theory of imagination as a present-day solution to Sartre's critique

Philosophical Psychology 25 (4):1-18 (2012)
Abstract
Several recent accounts claim that imagination is a matter of simulating perceptual acts. Although this point of view receives support from both phenomenological and empirical research, I claim that Jean-Paul Sartre's worry formulated in L'imagination (1936) still holds. For a number of reasons, Sartre heavily criticizes theories in which the sensory material of imaginative acts consists in reviving sensory impressions. Based on empirical and philosophical insights, this article explains how simulation theories of imagination can overcome Sartre's critique by paying attention to the motor dimension of imagination. Intending to clarify the status of the sensory in imagination, a motor theory of imagination is presented in which the sensory component of imagination is interpreted in terms of anticipated sensory consequences of preparation for motor action
Keywords Motor  Phenomenology  Imagination  Hyle  Cognitive Science  Anticipation  RECOGNITION  NEURAL BASES  IMAGERY  SIMULATION  PERCEPTION  MOVEMENT  EMPATHY  OTHERS  CONSCIOUSNESS  PAIN  Sartre  Sensory  Simulation
Categories (categorize this paper)
Options
 Save to my reading list
Follow the author(s)
My bibliography
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Revision history Request removal from index
 
Download options
PhilPapers Archive


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy on self-archival     Papers currently archived: 10,747
External links
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library
References found in this work BETA

View all 20 references

Citations of this work BETA

No citations found.

Similar books and articles
John Kaag (2009). The Neurological Dynamics of the Imagination. Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences 8 (2):183-204.
Nigel J. T. Thomas (2003). Imagining Minds. Journal of Consciousness Studies 10 (11):79-84.
Analytics

Monthly downloads

Added to index

2012-01-25

Total downloads

39 ( #42,861 of 1,098,869 )

Recent downloads (6 months)

10 ( #19,005 of 1,098,869 )

How can I increase my downloads?

My notes
Sign in to use this feature


Discussion
Start a new thread
Order:
There  are no threads in this forum
Nothing in this forum yet.