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  1. Recreative Minds: Imagination in Philosophy and Psychology.Gregory Currie & Ian Ravenscroft - 2002 - Oxford University Press.
    Recreative Minds develops a philosophical theory of imagination that draws upon the latest work in psychology. This theory illuminates the use of imagination in coming to terms with art, its role in enabling us to live as social beings, and the psychological consequences of disordered imagination. The authors offer a lucid exploration of a fascinating subject.
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    Recreative Minds.Gregory Currie & Ian Ravenscroft - 2004 - Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 62 (4):406-407.
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    What is It Like to Be Someone Else? Simulation and Empathy.Ian Ravenscroft - 1998 - Ratio 11 (2):170-185.
  4. Folk Psychology as a Theory.Ian Ravenscroft - 2008 - Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
    Many philosophers and cognitive scientists claim that our everyday or "folk" understanding of mental states constitutes a theory of mind. That theory is widely called "folk psychology" (sometimes "commonsense" psychology). The terms in which folk psychology is couched are the familiar ones of "belief" and "desire", "hunger", "pain" and so forth. According to many theorists, folk psychology plays a central role in our capacity to predict and explain the behavior of ourselves and others. However, the nature and status of folk (...)
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    Mental Simulation and Motor Imagery.Gregory Currie & Ian Ravenscroft - 1997 - Philosophy of Science 64 (1):161-80.
    Motor imagery typically involves an experience as of moving a body part. Recent studies reveal close parallels between the constraints on motor imagery and those on actual motor performance. How are these parallels to be explained? We advance a simulative theory of motor imagery, modeled on the idea that we predict and explain the decisions of others by simulating their decision-making processes. By proposing that motor imagery is essentially off-line motor action, we explain the tendency of motor imagery to mimic (...)
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    What is Folk Psychology?Stephen Stich & Ian Ravenscroft - 1994 - Cognition 50 (1-3):447-468.
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    Simulation, Collapse and Humean Motivation.Ian Ravenscroft - 2003 - In Jerome Dokic & Joelle Proust (eds.), Mind and Language. John Benjamins. pp. 162-174.
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    Physical Properties.Ian Ravenscroft - 1997 - Southern Journal of Philosophy 35 (3):419-431.
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    Engaging the World: Writing, Imagination, and Enactivism.Ian Ravenscroft - 2017 - Philosophy and Literature 41 (1):45-54.
    I have rewritten—often several times—every word I have ever published. My pencils outlast their erasers.A pen is a machine to think with.The writer engages the world not only by living in and reflecting it but also by two dynamic processes, one sensory/motor, the other social. The former involves cycles of writing, reading what has been written, responding to it, and writing again; the latter involves writing, reading to an audience, responding to their reactions, and writing again. Dynamic processes involving brain (...)
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    What's Darwin Got to Do with It? The Role of Evolutionary Theory in Psychiatry.Ian Ravenscroft - 2012 - Biology and Philosophy 27 (3):449-460.
    What’s Darwin got to do with it? The role of evolutionary theory in psychiatry Content Type Journal Article Category Review Essay Pages 1-12 DOI 10.1007/s10539-011-9301-3 Authors Ian Ravenscroft, Philosophy Department, Flinders University, Adelaide, SA, Australia Journal Biology and Philosophy Online ISSN 1572-8404 Print ISSN 0169-3867.
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    Predictive Failure.Ian Ravenscroft - 1999 - Philosophical Papers 28 (3):143-168.
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    Fiction, Imagination, and Ethics.Ian Ravenscroft - 2012 - In Robyn Langdon & Catriona Mackenzie (eds.), Emotions, Imagination, and Moral Reasoning. Psychology Press. pp. 71.
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    Where Angels Fear to Tread – the Evolution of Language.Ian Ravenscroft - 2004 - Biology and Philosophy 19 (1):145-158.
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    Neuroscience and the Mind.Ian Ravenscroft - 1998 - Mind and Language 13 (1):132-137.
    Francis Crick has identified a doctrine‐the neuron doctrine‐which he apparently regards as both true and astonishing. I begin by carefully articulating Crick’s doctrine, arguing that whilst plausible it is certainly not astonishing. I then consider a related doctrine, the biological neuroscience thesis . According to BNT, mental science is biological neuroscience, where biological neuroscience is pretty much exhausted by neuroanatomy, neurophysiology and neurochemistry. Stoljar and Gold argue that BNT is unsupported by current scientific developments. I argue that well‐established results in (...)
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    Emotion and Imagination, by Adam Morton.Ian Ravenscroft - 2015 - Mind 124 (495):954-957.
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    Charity, Signaling, and Welfare.Haley Brokensha, Lina Eriksson & Ian Ravenscroft - 2016 - Politics, Philosophy and Economics 15 (1):3-19.
    Voices on the political right have long claimed that the welfare state ought to be kept small, and that charities can take over many of the tasks involved in helping those at the bottom of society. The arguments in favor of this claim are controversial, but even if they are accepted at face value the policy proposal remains problematic. For the proposal presupposes that charities would, in fact, be able to raise enough money to provide adequate help to those in (...)
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    The Natural Origins of Convention.Ian Ravenscroft - 2015 - Philosophia 43 (3):731-739.
    Neo-pragmatists propose that content is determined by social convention. A convention is a coordination problem in which each agent prefers any solution to none, yet has no preference amongst the alternative solutions. This paper argues that the best known theory of convention, David Lewis’, cannot yield a theory of content because it appeals to beliefs and other states that themselves have content. The question then arises whether a theory of convention that does not appeal to states with content can be (...)
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    Dennett's Combinatorial Explosion Argument Against Brains in Vats.Ian Ravenscroft - 1994 - Australasian Journal of Philosophy 72 (2):233 – 235.
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    How To Be A Philosopher.Ian Ravenscroft - 2010 - Philosophy Now 81:19-20.
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    Minds, Ethics, and Conditionals: Themes From the Philosophy of Frank Jackson.Ian Ravenscroft (ed.) - 2009 - Oxford University Press UK.
    An illustrious international line-up of contributors present new essays on themes from the philosophy of Frank Jackson, discussing his groundbreaking work on supervenience and conceptual analysis; mind and colour; normative ethics and metaethics; and conditionals. Jackson offers a substantial and illuminating reply to his critics.
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  21. Philosophy of Mind: A Beginner's Guide.Ian Ravenscroft - 2005 - Oxford University Press.
    Designed specifically for students with no background knowledge in the subject, this accessible introduction covers all of the basic concepts and major theories in the philosophy of mind. Topics discussed include dualism, behaviorism, the identity theory, functionalism, the computational theory of mind, connectionism, physicalism, mental causation, and consciousness. The text is enhanced by chapter summaries, a glossary, suggestions for further reading, and self-assessment questions.
     
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  22. Simulation, Collapse and Humean Motivation.Ian Ravenscroft - 2003 - Mind and Language 18 (2):162-174.
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