We often have affective responses to fictional events. We feel afraid for Desdemona when Othello approaches her in a murderous rage. We feel disgust toward Iago for orchestrating this tragic event. What mental architecture could explain these affective responses? In th...

 

There has been much philosophical and empirical work on the ST in the last decade or so, and as a result it is a flourishing theory. My discussion in this chapter attempts to clarify some aspects of the ST, specifically, the concept of simulation, high-level simulatio...

Imagination seems to play an epistemic role in philosophical and scientific thought experiments, mindreading, and ordinary practical deliberations insofar as it generates new knowledge of contingent facts. However, it also seems that imagination is limited to revealing...

One version of the Humean Theory of Motivation holds that all actions can be causally explained by reference to a belief–desire pair. Some have argued that pretense presents counter-examples to this principle, as pretense is instead causally explained by a belief-like...

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