Graduate studies at Western
Philosophical Quarterly 60 (240):586-600 (2010)
|Abstract||We experience resistance when we are engaging with fictional works which present certain (for example, morally objectionable) claims. But in virtue of what properties do sentences trigger this ‘imaginative resistance’? I argue that while most accounts of imaginative resistance have looked for semantic properties in virtue of which sentences trigger it, this is unlikely to give us a coherent account, because imaginative resistance is a pragmatic phenomenon. It works in a way very similar to Paul Grice's widely analysed ‘conversational implicature’|
|Keywords||Imaginative resistance Conversational implicature Grice Pragmatics|
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