The Imagination Box

Journal of Philosophy 111 (5):259-275 (2014)

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Tyler Doggett
University of Vermont
Shen-yi Liao
University of Puget Sound
Abstract
Imaginative immersion refers to a phenomenon in which one loses oneself in make-believe. Susanna Schellenberg says that the best explanation of imaginative immersion involves a radical revision to cognitive architecture. Instead of there being an attitude of belief and a distinct attitude of imagination, there should only be one attitude that represents a continuum between belief and imagination. We argue otherwise. Although imaginative immersion is a crucial data point for theorizing about the imagination, positing a continuum between belief and imagination is neither necessary nor sufficient for explaining the phenomenon. In addition, arguing against Schellenberg’s account reveals important but underappreciated lessons for theorizing about the imagination and for interpreting boxological representations of the mind.
Keywords imagination  belief  desire  i-desire  immersion  pretense  acting  boxology  cognitive architecture  alief
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ISBN(s) 0022-362X
DOI 10.5840/jphil2014111521
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