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The Architecture of the ImaginationNew Essays on Pretence, Possibility, and Fiction$
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Shaun Nichols

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199275731

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199275731.001.0001

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Why Pretend?

Why Pretend?

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(p.89) 6 Why Pretend?
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The Architecture of the Imagination
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Peter Carruthers (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199275731.003.0006

This chapter studies the question of children's motivations to engage in pretence, using an account provided by Nichols and Stich in 2003 as a stalking horse. It argues that they are correct about much of the basic cognitive architecture necessary to explain pretence, but wrong on the question of motivation. Following a discussion of the views of Currie and Ravenscroft in 2002 on this issue, the chapter draws on Damasio's 1994 description of the way in which emotions enter into practical reasoning involving mental rehearsal. It concludes by defending a novel explanation of the motivations underlying pretence.

Keywords:   imagination, enjoyment, mental rehearsal, play, pretence, self monitoring, supposition

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