Emotion and the Fictional

Gregory Currie

in Recreative Minds

Published in print October 2002 | ISBN: 9780198238089
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191679568 | DOI:
Emotion and the Fictional

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This chapter argues that emotion is peculiar in its capacity to cross the boundary into imagination. It suggests that the pleasures, including the pleasant pains, of imagination are dependent on this, and offers an analysis of emotional responses to tragic narratives. It argues that this involves some complex boundary-crossing: emotions in response to imagined events collide with emotions in response to the real-world narratives that report those imagined events.

Keywords: imagination; emotion; pleasures; imagining; pains

Chapter.  7733 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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