, Volume 78, Issue 1, pp 141–159

The Heterogeneity of the Imagination

Original Article

DOI: 10.1007/s10670-011-9313-z

Cite this article as:
Kind, A. Erkenn (2013) 78: 141. doi:10.1007/s10670-011-9313-z


Imagination has been assigned an important explanatory role in a multitude of philosophical contexts. This paper examines four such contexts: mindreading, pretense, our engagement with fiction, and modal epistemology. Close attention to each of these contexts suggests that the mental activity of imagining is considerably more heterogeneous than previously realized. In short, no single mental activity can do all the explanatory work that has been assigned to imagining.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Claremont McKenna CollegeClaremontUSA