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Empathy, Imagination, and Reports

Eros Corazza

in Reflecting the Mind

Published in print September 2004 | ISBN: 9780199270187
Published online November 2004 | e-ISBN: 9780191601484 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/019927018X.003.0008
 Empathy, Imagination, and Reports

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Discusses the attribution of attitudes. In attributing to someone an attitude, we usually use constructions like: “Jane believes/desires/wishes/said/…that p”, where the that-clause ‘that p’ should capture what the attributee, Jane, believes/desires/wishes/said/…The conception proposed concentrates on the notion of imagination. In particular, it rests on the notion of transference, i.e. the way one imagines oneself to be another.

Keywords: attributions; autism; empathy; imagination; mental representations; puzzles; that-clauses; transference

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Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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