Imagination and other scripts

Philosophical Studies 143 (3):291-314 (2009)
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Shannon Spaulding
Oklahoma State University
Eric Funkhouser
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville
Abstract
One version of the Humean Theory of Motivation holds that all actions can be causally explained by reference to a belief–desire pair. Some have argued that pretense presents counter-examples to this principle, as pretense is instead causally explained by a belief-like imagining and a desire-like imagining. We argue against this claim by denying imagination the power of motivation. Still, we allow imagination a role in guiding action as a script . We generalize the script concept to show how things besides imagination can occupy this same role in both pretense and non-pretense actions. The Humean Theory of Motivation should then be modified to cover this script role.
Keywords Imagination   Mindreading
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DOI 10.1007/s11098-009-9348-z
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