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Campus Only Senior Thesis

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Bachelor of Arts



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Professor Amy Kind

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I endeavor to present a comprehensive understanding of imagination by adopting the embodiment theory of the mind. In the first chapter, I discussed the strengths and weaknesses of traditional and contemporary computationalism, the Kantian framework, as well as the embodiment theory. I then focused on imagination, highlighting the shortcomings of computationalism and the Kantian framework in explaining various types of imagination. I explored the interconnectedness of imagination with other cognitive states, particularly perception and supposition. Finally, I contended that the imaginative resistance puzzle cannot be resolved if imagination is treated as a separate cognitive activity detached from embodied experience and embedded environment.

This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.