Canadian Journal of Philosophy 48 (5):684-706 (2018)

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Uku Tooming
Hokkaido University
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When we are invited to imagine an unacceptable moral proposition to be true in fiction, we feel resistance when we try to imagine it. Despite this, it is nonetheless possible to suppose that the proposition is true. In this paper, I argue that existing accounts of imaginative resistance are unable to explain why only attempts to imagine the truth of moral propositions cause resistance. My suggestion is that imagination, unlike supposition, involves mental imagery and imaginative resistance arises when imagery that one has formed does not match unacceptable propositions.
Keywords imagination  imaginative resistance  aesthetics  mental imagery  fiction
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DOI 10.1080/00455091.2017.1378534
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