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Philosophy of Mind

Sensory Imagination

Drawing on work by cognitive psychologists (e.g., Shepard 1982, Farah 1999), philosophers have explored the extent to which sensory imagination in general, and visual mental imagery in particular, employs the same systems as those involved in corresponding perceptual experience, and the related question of whether mental images are encoded in analogue form (as mental pictures) or propositionally (as descriptions). While the mainstream view holds that entertaining a visual mental image involves inspecting some sort of picture-like object (Kosslyn 1994), critics—most notably Zenon Pylyshyn (2003)—maintain that reasoning with mental images need not involve any sort of quasi-sensory representation. (A selection of early philosophical papers on the topic of visual imagery can be found in Block 1981; an overview of the debate is presented in Tye [1991/2000]; discussion of related issues in the phenomenological tradition can be found in Casey 2000; these themes are also examined in...

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