Title

The Puzzle of Imaginative Desire

Document Type

Article

Department

Claremont McKenna College, Philosophy (CMC)

Publication Date

2011

Abstract

The puzzle of imaginative desire arises from the difficulty of accounting for the surprising behaviour of desire in imaginative activities such as our engagement with fiction and our games of pretend. Several philosophers have recently attempted to solve this puzzle by introducing a class of novel mental states?what they call desire-like imaginings or i-desires. In this paper, I argue that we should reject the i-desire solution to the puzzle of imaginative desire. The introduction of i-desires is both ontologically profligate and unnecessary, and, most importantly, fails to make sense of what we are doing in the imaginative contexts in question

Rights Information

© 2011 Australasian Journal of Philosophy