Imagination and the I

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Abstract

Thought experiments about the self seem to lead to deeply conflicting intuitions about the self. Cases imagined from the 3rd person perspective seem to provoke different responses than cases imagined from the 1st person perspective. This paper argues that recent cognitive theories of the imagination, coupled with standard views about indexical concepts, help explain our reactions in the 1st person cases. The explanation helps identify intuitions that should not be trusted as a guide to the metaphysics of the self.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)518-535
Number of pages18
JournalMind and Language
Volume23
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2008

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Imagination and the I. / Nichols, Shaun B.

In: Mind and Language, Vol. 23, No. 5, 11.2008, p. 518-535.

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Nichols, Shaun B. / Imagination and the I. In: Mind and Language. 2008 ; Vol. 23, No. 5. pp. 518-535.
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