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Imagining one experience to be another

Journal Contribution - Journal Article

I can imagine a banana to be a phone receiver. I can also imagine the flapping of my arms to be flying. So it is possible to imagine one thing to be another-at least for some types of 'things'. I will argue that although it is possible to imagine an object to be another object and it is also possible to imagine an activity to be a different activity, one cannot imagine one's present sensory experience to be a different sensory experience with different qualitative character. This claim will have some important consequences beyond the philosophy of imagination, for example, for some accounts of depiction.
Journal: Synthese : an international journal for epistemology, methodology and philosophy of science
ISSN: 0039-7857
Volume: 199
Pages: 13977 - 13991
Publication year:2021
Keywords:A1 Journal article