Recreative Minds: Imagination in Philosophy and Psychology

Paperback | October 1, 2002

byGregory Currie, Ian Ravenscroft

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Recreative Minds develops a philosophical theory of imagination that draws upon recent theories and results in psychology. Ideas about how we read the minds of others have put the concept of imagination firmly back on the agenda for philosophy and psychology. Currie and Ravenscroft present atheory of what they call imaginative projection; they show how it fits into a philosophically motivated picture of the mind and of mental states, and how it illuminates and is illuminated by recent developments in cognitive psychology. They argue that we need to recognize a category ofdesire-in-imagination, and that supposition and fantasy should be classed as forms of imagination. They accommodate some of the peculiarities of perceptual forms of imagining such as visual and motor imagery, and suggest that they are important for mind-reading. They argue for a novel view about therelations between imagination and pretence, and suggest that imagining can be, but need not be, the cause of pretending. They show how the theory accommodates but goes beyond the idea of mental simulation, and argue that the contrast between simulation and theory is neither exclusive nor exhaustive.They argue that we can understand certain developmental and psychiatric disorders as arising from faulty imagination. Throughout, they link their discussion to the uses of imagination in our encounters with art, and they conclude with a chapter on responses to tragedy. The final chapter also offersa theory of the emotions that suggests that these states have much in common with perceptual states.Currie and Ravenscroft offer a lucid exploration of a fascinating subject, for readers in philosophy, psychology, and aesthetics.

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Recreative Minds develops a philosophical theory of imagination that draws upon recent theories and results in psychology. Ideas about how we read the minds of others have put the concept of imagination firmly back on the agenda for philosophy and psychology. Currie and Ravenscroft present atheory of what they call imaginative project...

Gregory Currie is a Professor of Philosophy, University of Nottingham. Ian Ravenscroft is a Lecturer in Philosophy, Flinders University, Adelaide.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.54 inPublished:October 1, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

PrefaceThe ArgumentImagination and its Circle1. Projections and recreations2. Family and friendsSimulation in a Generalized Setting3. The simulation program4. Imagery: capacities and mechanisms5. Content and conservationDevelopment and Disorder6. Impractical reason7. Autism: some pieces of the puzzle8. Schizophrenia: the monitoring of thought and actionEmotions in Imagination9. Emotion and the fictionalReferencesIndex

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`This book presents a theory of what the authors call recreative imagination-the ability to recreate in our minds counterparts of other mental states. An account is offered of both the functions and dysfunctions of many of our mental capacities, and a philosophical framework is suggested formaking sense of relevant findings in cognitive psychology. Throughout the book, the writing is clear, the examples are well chosen, and a powerful picture of a whole range of phenomena is built up. There has been little attempt in recent years to develop a unified theory of the imagination, andCurrie and Ravenscroft are to be congratulated for both the originality of their vision and the detailed execution of their project. . . . [they] have done an excellent job in offering such a clear view of the territory with so many insights in the process. Their ideas and arguments deserve to berecreated in the minds of all those interested in imagination.'' Michael Beaney, Philosophical Books