What Is the Imagination?

October 3, 2018
Dipartimento di Filosofia, Università degli Studi di Milano

Aula Enzo Paci, Direzione del Dipartimento di Filosofia
Via Festa del Perdono 7, 20122, Milano.
Milano 20122

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University of York
Uppsala University


University of Antwerp

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Imagination is as fascinating as it is tricky to characterise. When we imagine, we form particular kinds of mental representations that are variously related to – although also different from – a number of other representations, such as beliefs, percepts, and memories, as well as desires, hopes, and expectations. How are imaginings connected to – and yet distinct from – all these other representations? Is there any unity in our heterogenous uses of the word ‘imagination’, or do they range over a variety of different states, capacities, and activities? What, in other words, does imagination amount to?

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