Remarks on the logic of imagination. A step towards understanding doxastic control through imagination

Synthese 194 (8):2843-2861 (2017)

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Heinrich Wansing
Ruhr-Universität Bochum
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Imagination has recently attracted considerable attention from epistemologists and is recognized as a source of belief and even knowledge. One remarkable feature of imagination is that it is often and typically agentive: agents decide to imagine. In cases in which imagination results in a belief, the agentiveness of imagination may be taken to give rise to indirect doxastic control and epistemic responsibility. This observation calls for a proper understanding of agentive imagination. In particular, it calls for the development of a semantics of imagination ascriptions. In the present paper an earlier suggestion by Ilkka Niiniluoto for a logic of imagination is considered. This proposal does not capture the agentive nature of imagination, and an alternative semantics is suggested. The new semantics combines the modal logic of agency with the neighbourhood semantics from alethic modal logic
Keywords Imagination  Stit theory  Branching-time frames  Neighbourhood semantics  Closure under valid equivalence  Doxastic control
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DOI 10.1007/s11229-015-0945-4
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