Imagination, Metaphysical Modality, and Modal Psychology

In Christopher Badura & Kind Amy (eds.), Epistemic Uses of Imagination. Routledge. pp. 79-99 (2021)
Download Edit this record How to cite View on PhilPapers
Abstract
I develop a psychological account for how it is that we use imagination to metaphysically modalize, i.e., to reach conclusions about metaphysical modality. Specifically, I argue that Nichols and Stich’s (2003) cognitive theory of imagination can be extended to metaphysical modalizing. I then use the extension to explicate philosophical disagreements about whether a scenario is metaphysically possible. Thereafter, I address Nichols’ (2006) objection that psychologizing imagination makes it clear that imagination is unreliable when used to metaphysically modalize. The end result is a naturalistic account for how imagination enables us to metaphysically modalize.
Categories
(categorize this paper)
PhilPapers/Archive ID
OMOIMM
Upload history
First archival date: 2021-05-17
Latest version: 5 (2021-09-03)
View other versions
Added to PP index
2021-04-13

Total views
40 ( #58,572 of 64,162 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
37 ( #20,761 of 64,162 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads since first upload
This graph includes both downloads from PhilArchive and clicks on external links on PhilPapers.