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Intuition, Imagination, and Philosophical Methodology$
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Tamar Szabó Gendler

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199589760

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199589760.001.0001

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The Puzzle of Imaginative Resistance

The Puzzle of Imaginative Resistance

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(p.179) 9 The Puzzle of Imaginative Resistance
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Intuition, Imagination, and Philosophical Methodology
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Tamar Szabó Gendler (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199589760.003.0010

This chapter presents and discusses the puzzle of imaginative resistance: the puzzle of explaining our comparative difficulty in imagining fictional worlds that we take to be morally deviant. It suggests that the primary source of imaginative resistance lies not in our inability to imagine morally deviant situations, but in our unwillingness to do so. This diagnosis is then used to illuminate the nature of imagination itself: unlike belief, the contents of imagination are not restricted to those things we take to be true; but unlike mere supposition, imagination involves a certain sort of engaged participation on the part of the imaginer. The chapter also includes a brief discussion of the issue of truth‐in‐fiction. The author's views on the puzzle are contrasted with those of David Hume, Richard Moran, and Kendall Walton.

Keywords:   imaginative resistance, belief, imagination, supposition, truth‐in‐fiction, David Hume, Richard Moran, Kendall Walton

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