Imagining oneself to be another

Noûs 23 (5):615-633 (1989)

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Steven L. Reynolds
Arizona State University
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Imagining that I am Napoleon is not (normally) imagining an impossibility. It is (or at least may be) just adopting a first person way of imagining Napoleon. The images and bits of narrative using 'I' are intended to refer to Napoleon and his surroundings, in something like the way that a salt shaker can stand for a regiment of troops when the general says "This is the third regiment' while explaining his plans at the breakfast table.
Keywords metaphysics  imagination  first person  reference  make believe
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DOI 10.2307/2216004
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