Content and Conservation

Gregory Currie

in Recreative Minds

Published in print October 2002 | ISBN: 9780198238089
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191679568 | DOI:
Content and Conservation

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This chapter addresses the question: is there a fundamental difference between propositional forms of imagination and perceptual forms? It argues that there is and that is depends on the idea of cognitive conservation. Both kinds of imaginings are important for explaining mentalizing skills. The chapter concludes by addressing another problem: if imagery is perception-like, it should be like perception in matters of content. However, imagery and perception have fundamentally different kinds of contents. Two versions of this argument are examined and rejected.

Keywords: imagination; imagining; cognitive conservation; perception; imagery

Chapter.  8019 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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