Imaginative contagion

Metaphilosophy 37 (2):183-203 (2006)
The aim of this article is to expand the diet of examples considered in philosophical discussions of imagination and pretense, and to offer some preliminary observations about what we might learn about the nature of imagination as a result. The article presents a number of cases involving imaginative contagion: cases where merely imagining or pretending that P has effects that we would expect only perceiving or believing that P to have. Examples are offered that involve visual imagery, motor imagery, fictional emotions, and social priming. It is suggested that imaginative contagion is a more prevalent phenomenon than has typically been recognized.
Keywords Imagery  Imagination  Metaphysics  Phenomenology  Pretense
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DOI 10.1111/j.1467-9973.2006.00430.x
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