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Daniel D. Hutto and Erik Myin

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780262036115

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262036115.001.0001

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(p.177) 8 Imagining
Evolving Enactivism

Daniel D. Hutto

Erik Myin

The MIT Press

Chapter 8 challenges the standard assumption that all imagination must be representational by showing that it is easier to understand the most fundamental kind of imaginings in terms of perceptual re-enactments that are wholly interactive and non-contentful in character. Combining REC with Material Engagement Theory, MET, it is revealed how basic, non-contentful imaginings might acquire their anticipatory and interactional profiles through embodied engagements with worldly offerings. Building on Langland-Hassan’s analysis of imaginative attitudes, the chapter goes on to develop a REC friendly hybrid account of nonbasic imaginings. Accordingly, the specific content and correctness conditions of nonbasic, hybrid imaginative attitudes arise from a combination of contentless sensory imaginings and the surrounding contentful attitudes of imaginers. It is argued that such hybrid states of mind have the right properties for explaining the many and varied kinds of cognitive work that imaginings do for us in our daily lives.

Keywords:   correctness conditions, hybrid account of imaginative attitudes, perceptual re-enactment, emulator theory, perceptual simulation theory of imagining, Material Engagement Theory; MET, models

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