I find this proposal implausible as an account of our experience of fiction in general or cinematic experience in particularbut for present purposes I will leave these worries aside. In other cases we experience a block due to a conflict between the inputs of two components of the architecture, as when we are instructed to imagine P e.
Timothy Schroeder and Carl Matheson offer neuroscientific evidence supporting the widespread assumption that imagining can be causally responsible for affective responses. The essays in the second section focus on the nature of pretense and how pretense is implicated in adult communication.
I begin, however, with an overview of themes and topics. There can be little doubt that theories of the nature, limits, and role of the imagination should take into account results in psychology and neuroscience; nor that the import of these results requires interpretation in light of broader theoretical concerns.
Recent discussions of the paradox of fiction -- the puzzle of explaining how we can have rational emotional responses to merely imagined characters and events -- have been marked by an increased attention to psychological and neuroscientific approaches to the emotions.
In the first of two chapters on pretence, Peter Carruthers argues that children are motivated to engage in pretend play when their imaginings provoke positive emotional reactions, which in turn generate desires to act out those imaginings. In my view, an account of such features is also important in addressing the aesthetic and fictionality puzzles.
The contributions to this excellent collection address such questions by exploring the nature and limits of the propositional imagination, the capacity exploited in imagining that something is the case. In particular, the fact that imagined and believed stimuli produce the same neural consequences, thus causing the same kinds of felt responses, does not by itself refute the contention that our affective engagement with imagined characters should be distinguished from the full-fledged emotions generated by beliefs: For those essays I do not discuss in more detail, these brief descriptions must suffice as my recommendation.
These thirteen chapters extend the theoretical picture of the imagination and explore the philosophical implications of cognitive accounts of the imagination. In the final section, contributors explore the relation between imagining, conceiving, and judgements of possibility and impossibility.
The book also investigates broader philosophical issues surrounding the propositional imagination. It is hard to see how empirical results could settle such questions.
The propositional imagination — the mental capacity we exploit when we imagine that everyone is colour-blind or that Hamlet is a procrastinator — plays an essential role in philosophical theorizing, engaging with fiction, and in everyday life.
I turn now to the topic of fiction and emotion.
The Architecture of the Imagination: Yet only recently has there been a systematic attempt to give a cognitive account of the propositional imagination. Deena Skolnick and Paul Bloom consider the implications of evidence that children, like adults, not only distinguish the real from the fictional, they also keep track of what counts as "real" or "make-believe" within different fictional worlds.
In the final section, contributors explore the relation between imagining, conceiving, and judgements of possibility and impossibility.Get this from a library! The architecture of the imagination: new essays on pretence, possibility, and fiction.
[Shaun Nichols;] -- 'The Architecture of the Imagination' will be an essential resource for the growing number of philosophers and psychologists studying the nature of the imagination and on its role in philosophy.
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